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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayetze 2016

Vayetze: Angels Going Up and Down

This week’s reading (Vayetze) opens with Jacob’s first night on the run from the family he’d betrayed. When the sun had set and he could no longer travel, he lay down to sleep: He dreamed, and behold! A ladder set up on the earth and its top reached the heavens; and behold! Angels of God were […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayetze

Vayetze: God is in this Place

In last week’s Torah portion, Jacob and his mother manipulated his father into giving the first-born’s blessing to him instead of his older twin, Esau. Fearing for his life, Jacob fled from his outraged brother. At the beginning of this week’s reading, Vayetze/And he went out, Jacob stops for the night in an unnamed place. With […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Weak Eyes

Vayetze: Weak Eyes

I’ve always felt an affinity with Leyah/Leah, Ya’akov/Jacob’s unloved first wife. Leyah is described as having weak eyes (Genesis 29:17), and I can relate. I have terrible vision. I got my first pair of glasses at age 6, in the era of “guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.”  But more troubling than […]

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