Parsha Q&A - Vayetzei
For the week ending 9 Kislev 5756; 1 & 2 December 1995
- When Yaakov traveled to Charan, the Torah stresses that he departed from Beer Sheva. Why?
- Who instituted the Maariv (evening) prayer?
- In his dream, Yaakov saw angels ascending and descending. What were the missions of these angels?
- Why did Hashem promise Yaakov, "I am with you" (28:15)?
- When was the first time that Hashem spoke to Yaakov?
- What is "the gate of heaven" (28:17)?
- Why did Yaakov rebuke the shepherds?
- Why did Yaakov cry when he met Rachel?
- Why did Yaakov come empty handed to Lavan's house?
- Why did Lavan run to greet Yaakov?
- What kind of work did Yaakov do for Lavan?
- Why were Leah's eyes tender?
- How old was Yaakov when he married Leah and Rachel?
- Why did Rachel envy Leah?
- "Hashem remembered Rachel"(30:22). What did He remember?
- During the fourteen years that Yaakov worked for Lavan who provided for the needs of Yaakov's family?
- Why did Rachel steal Lavan's terafim?
- Who was the father of Bilhah and Zilpah?
- What treaty did Lavan make with Yaakov?
- Who escorted Yaakov into Eretz Yisrael?
|Hashem promised Yaakov in a prophetic dream, "I am with you and I will guard you" (28:15). When Yaakov woke up,
he vowed, "If Hashem will be with me and guard me... I will
surely give a tenth" (28:20-23).
Why was Yaakov unsure that Hashem would fulfill His promise?
- Yaakov's Dream
- Three Flocks
- Yaakov's Anger
- The Terafim
- Yaakov's Dream
- A Proper Guest
- Why Yaakov Cried
- Yaakov's Curse
- A Father's Blessing
All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated
- 28:10 - The departure of a righteous person from a place leaves a noticeable void in that place.
- 28:11 - Yaakov.
- 28:12 - The ascending angels accompanied Yaakov while he was in Eretz Canaan and were not permitted to leave the Land. The descending angels accompanied Yaakov outside the Land.
- 28:15 - To reassure Yaakov, since he was afraid of Esav and Lavan.
- 28:15 - During his prophetic dream.
- 28 :17 - The place via which our prayers ascend to Heaven.
- 29:7 - When he saw them lying down he thought they wished to take their animals home. He rebuked them because it wasn't time to bring in the flocks.
- 29:11 - He perceived prophetically that they would not be buried together.
- 29:11 - Because Eliphaz, the son of Esav, pursued him and took all his possessions.
- 29:13 - He thought that Yaakov was carrying money.
- 29:14 - Yaakov tended his sheep.
- 29:17 - She cried continually because she thought she was destined to marry Esav.
- 29:21 - Eighty-four.
- 30:1 - She envied her mitzvos, thinking they were the reason Leah merited having children.
- 30:22 - That Rachel gave Leah the "signs of recognition" that Yaakov had taught her, so that she wouldn't be embarrassed.
- 30:30 - Yaakov's sons.
- 31:19 - To wean her father from idol worship.
- 31:50 - Lavan.
- 31:52 - That Lavan the Arami (Syrian) and Yaakov would not go to war against each other.
- 32:1 - The angels of Eretz Yisrael.
|Yaakov wasn't sure if his vision was truly a prophecy or merely a dream. Therefore, he made his vow that if his dream really
was a prophecy he would pledge a tenth of his belongings to Hashem.|
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