Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Vayetzei

In this week’s Torah portion Vayetzei – Genesis 28:10 – 32:3 we read about Jacob’s flight to Paddan-Aram, the dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven, his encounter with Rachel, and his decision to marry her, which, in turn, results in him working for 14 years his uncle Laban, because he is deceived by his uncle and marries Leah instead of his beloved, Rachel.Jacob_at_Bethel

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 28:10-22 (13 p’sukim)

2: 29:1-17 (17 p’sukim)

3: 29:18-30:13 (31 p’sukim)

4: 30:14-27 (14 p’sukim)

5: 30:28-31:16 (32 p’sukim)

6: 31:17-42 (26 p’sukim)

7: 31:43-32:3 (15 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is Hosea 12:13 – 14:10.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Bereishit by Dr. Hollisa Alewine

Audio/Visual

The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team (this is for this week’s portion, in particular):

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of savlanut which can be translated as patience. Riverton Mussar has a page and many articles dedicated to this important virtue: http://rivertonmussar.org/middot-character-traits/patience

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Savlanut (patience). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • When you are in a situation and about to lose your temper, recite the memory phrase in your mind before you react. The verse for this week’s middah is: “A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
  • Plan to be early for all appointments this week and bring a book for the wait.
  • When frustrated in traffic, have a favorite song handy for cue-up, and enjoy the moment.
  • If you are ready to lose your patience with a person, stop the seeds of impatience and say something kind to that person.

Blessings and Shalom,

S~