The Birth of the Jewish People
At the beginning of this week’s parsha, Yaakov is on the run from his murderous brother Eisav.
He is alone and destitute, sleeping in the wild and begging G-d for clothing and bread. By the end of our
parsha, however, after twenty difficult years working for his father-in-law Lavan in Charan,
Mesopotamia, Yaakov is a transformed man. Now a wealthy rancher, he is returning home to Israel with
a large family in tow. Yaakov has come into his own, and he is prepared to face his destiny.
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