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Parshat VayetzeiA Parsha PowerPoint Presentation by: Noa C. ‘18
In the beginning of the parsha, Jacob ran awayfrom his brother, Eisav, and left for Charan inhopes of finding family. On his way, hestopped for a rest and used a rock as a pillow.He dreamed of angels ascending anddescending a ladder to heaven. When he wokeup, he anointed a memorial stone with oil andnamed the place Beit-el, house of G-d.
Jacob continued on his journey. He stopped ata well and saw a maiden approaching. Hediscovered that she was his cousin, Rachel. Hecaused the rock to roll from the top of the well,and watered Rachel’s sheep. He kissed her,cried, and told her that they were related. Sheran to tell her father, Lavan.
Jacob agreed to work for Lavan for seven years inexchange for marrying Rachel. At the wedding,though, Lavan tricked him into marrying hisolder daughter, Leah. Lavan told him that thelocal custom was to marry off the older daughterfirst, but he could still marry Rachel in exchangefor another seven years of work. Jacob agreed.
G-d saw that Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah, andcaused Leah to have more children. She gave birth toReuben, Shimon, Levi, and Judah. Rachel couldn’t havechildren, so she gave Jacob her maid-servant, Bilhah,who gave birth to Dan and Naphtali. Leah was no longerhaving children, so she gave Jacob her maid-servant,Zilpah, who gave birth to Gad and Asher. Then, Leahgave birth to Yissachar and Zebulun. Leah also had adaughter, Dinah. Finally, G-d remembered Rachel, andshe had a son, Joseph.
Jacob told Lavan that it was time for him to return to hishomeland. Lavan told Jacob that he believed G-d hadblessed him because of Jacob’s stay, so he decided to giveJacob a gift. They agreed that they would split Lavan’sanimals, although later Lavan would try and deceitfully takemore than his fair share.Jacob
While Lavan was out of the house, Rachel took all of hisidols. Jacob left without saying goodbye to Lavan. WhenLavan found out, he went after them. He found them andasked Jacob why he fled in secret and why he stole hisidols. Jacob answered that he fled because he was afraidLavan would take his daughters by force, and that hedidn’t steal the idols, but whoever did should die. Hedidn’t know that Rachel had stolen them.Lavan Rachel