Shabbat Vayaytzay (Gen. 28:10-32:3)
We pick up this week with Jacob traveling – running for his life, actually – to the home of Laban. On his way, he has a vision of a ladder that extends to heaven, angels traveling both up and down. He arrives at his mother’s home and meets Rachel at the well. He works 7 years to marry her, only to find on the morning after the wedding that Leah took her place. So he works another 7 years for Rachel and some more time on top of that to earn some flocks and wealth. Then he leaves and begins the journey home.
And that’s not all. We know there is more to come in the story of this central Jewish character – wrestling with the angel, reuniting with Esau, his lack of involvement with his only daughter Dina, his involvement in the Joseph story, all the way to his deathbed blessings of his enormous brood.
If it starts to seem like the Torah has become “the Jacob Channel”, you aren’t far off. Jacob makes an appearance in 7 out of the 12 portions that make up the book of Genesis – every single one from last week (when he was born) through the end of the book. SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring a “long story” food.