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Now Playing - Parashat Vayeitzei 5781: The Mystery of Jacob's Sheep

The patriarch Yaakov (Jacob), fleeing from his brother Esav’s anger, goes from the frying pan into the fire when he arrives at the household of his uncle Lavan. The fast-paced Torah portion of Vayetzei, recounting the adventure of Yaakov’s temporary exile, has it all: romance; love, marriage and family; the duplicitous Lavan’s many twisty-turn intrigues…but in the center of it all, an enigma: our Torah portion’s (seemingly) disproportionate focus on sheep. From the moment that Yaakov rolls the stone from the well to water the flocks, to the curious incident of the peeled rods at the water troughs, Yaakov seems obsessed with sheep. What’s with the sheep? A great mystery awaits us….

 

The Torah portion of Vayetzei (Gen. 28 : 10 - 32 : 3) is read on Shabbat, Kislev 12, 5781 - November 28, 2020

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