This week in Torah

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November 28, 2020 – Vayetze (“He went out”) – Parshat 7

  • Torah: Genesis 28:10-32:2
  • Haftara: Hosea 12:12-14:10
  • Brit Chadasha: John 1:41-51

וַיֵּצֵ֥א יַעֲקֹ֖ב מִבְּאֵ֣ר שָׁ֑בַע וַיֵּ֖לֶךְ חָרָֽנָה׃

Vayetse Ya’akov mi-Be’er Shava vayelech Charanah.

Jacob left Beer-sheba, and set out for Haran.

A special note for all our chaverim friends – Chanukah begins in just over 3 weeks, and in anticipation we have provided both, a two week devotional, and our candle lighting devotional for your use again this year. They are both available  on our “Festivals and Events” page under Chanukah. Chag Sameach Joyous festival to all.

Weeping for their children: In this weeks Parshat we see a prophetic glimpse into many things, not the least of them, Mashiach ben Yoseph. The sages took notice of Ya’akov weeping as he met Rachel – [B’reisheet (Genesis) 29:11 “Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.”] and saw a connection to her tears in the future. Yermiyahu (Jerimiah)31:15 ” Thus says the LORD: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.”

Rashi says that Ya’acov wept because through the agency of the Ruach Hakodesh (holy Spirit) he saw that Rachel would not be buried with him. A deeper explanation of that being he foresaw Rachel buried in a place from which she could make intercession for her children in the coming exile from the land.

A deeper understanding yet of this moment in time comes from another reading of Yermiyahu 31:15 ” Thus says the LORD: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because he is no more.” alluding to Mashiach ben Yoseph. A meaning not ignored or discounted in Yalkut Moshiach Vayetzei. The observation of the sages concerning the vision of the Diaspora, and Rachel’s intercession, now takes on the connection to her son Yoseph, whom she named “he adds” … and a suffering messiah. Furthermore the tears of Ya’acov at the moment of his meeting Rachel are connected to the suffering Mashiach ben Yoseph [spoken of in Yeshiyahu (Isaiah)53] thru the vision. Tears of sorrow for his children and even more specifically Yoseph ( a type of Mashiach) who also wept for his brothers.

“For Rachel our mother was buried in the way of the road adjacent to Bethlehem so that as the children of Israel passed by on the way to exile after the destruction of the Temple, their weeping would arouse her compassion at her grave, and she might arise from her tomb to intercede for them in the high heavens … Because of this (vision of the future) Jacob wept with great weeping over the entire duration of Israel’s exile until they rebuild his house, the house of Jacob, with the coming of the righteous redeemer. Then HaShem will fulfill his promises to Rachel (which she requests from her grave) and he will return the sons to their land.                                                                                                                Or we might say that Jacob foresaw that the Messiah son of Joseph (from the children of Rachel) will be killed … On foreseeing [the death of the Messiah] Jacob lifted up his voice to weep because he saw through the Holy Spirit the sorrows which his children would endure in their exile … for their exile is closely connected with the death of Messiah son of Joseph. [Chayim Ve’Shalom -Yalkut Moshiach: Vayetzei]

In the end the weeping of sorrows will give way to tears of Simchat joy when Mashiach Yeshua comes again not to suffer but to rule in righteousness! Enjoy this week of study and prayer in Parshat Vayetze!

Shalom Mish’pachah from Beth Hallel Lodi