Commentary on Parashat Vayetzei, Genesis 28:10 - 32:3
1. When Yaakov left Beersheva, to which city did he head?
2. What do we already know about Haran?
3. What was the name of the place where Yaakov had his dream, and what did he call it?
4. What vow did Yaakov make after his dream, and under what conditions did he agree to fulfill it?
5. This week’s parsha begins and ends with an event that is very similar. What similar thing happened at the beginning and end of the parsha?
6. Laban was Rivkah’s brother. Who was their father?
7. Sarah and Rachel had a common problem. What was it, and how did they solve it? By whom?
8. What did Rachel name her first child, and what did his name mean?
9. Reuven went into the field and found what for his mother? What is a mandrake?
10. Rachel asked Leah if she would give her some of the mandrakes. What was Leah’s response? What did Rachel give Leah for the mandrakes?
11. How many sons did Rachel conceive? How many through Bilhah? What were the names of her 4 sons?
12. When Yaakov left Haran with his family, Laban chased after him and said that someone had stolen his idols. What did Yaakov say would happen to the person on whom the gods would be found?
13. Laban and Ya’akov made a covenant. What was it, and what did it really mean?
2. Abraham lived there. Eliezer found Rivka there and took her back to Isaac to become his wife
3. Luz; Beit El
4. If Hashem would make him prosper, he would pledge to Hashem a tenth of all he was given
5. Yaakov built a monument to Hashem
7. They were not able to bear children. They had Avraham and Yaakov produce children for them through Hagar and Bilhah.
8. Dan; Rachel said G-d has judged me and given me a son
9. Mandrakes; a mandrake is a fruit that was thought to be a love-charm
10. Is it a small matter that thou hast taken away my husband, and would thou take away my son’s mandrakes also? Leah could sleep with Yaakov that night.
11. Two; two; Dan, Naphtali, Joseph, and Benjamin
12. The person would be put to death
13. Ya’akov had made a big pile of stones. They agreed that neither of them would cross over those stones. In other words, it served as a separation between them that prevented either from attacking the other.
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Pronunced: TORE-uh, Origin: Hebrew, the Five Books of Moses.
Pronounced: YAH-kove or YAH-ah-kove, Origin: Hebrew, Jacob, one of the Torah’s three patriarchs.