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פָּרָשָׁה וַיֵּצֵא

Parashah VaYetze
“And he went out”
B'resheet 28:10-32:2

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last week’s Parashah


Rishon [1st]: 28:10-22
Sheni [2nd]: 29:1-17


Shlishi [3rd]: 29:18-30:13
R'vi'i [4th]: 30:14-27


Chamishi [5th]: 30:28-31:16
Shishi [6th]: 31:17-42


Shvi'i [7th]: 31:43-54
Maftir [Concluding]: 31:55-32:2


Haftarah: Hoshea (Hosea)
   (S) 11:7-12:12
   (A) 12:13-14:10

Ketuvei HaShalichim
   Yochanan (John) 1:43-51



The Blessing of the Torah
Aliya: (the one who “goes up” to read)  
Bar-khu et Adonai ham-vor-ack.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised.)
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah oh-lahm,
ah-sher ba-char ba-noo me-kol ha-ah­meem,
v’na-tahn lah-noo et torah-toe,
ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, no-tane hah-torah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has chosen us from all peoples
and given us His Torah.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

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Parashah 7: Vayetze (He went out) 28:10-32:2

Ya'akov Goes to Haran

[i] 10Ya'akov went out from Be'er-Sheva, and went toward Haran. 11He came to a certain place, and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. He took one of the stones there, put it under his head, and lay down to sleep. 12He dreamed, and saw a stairway on on the ground with its top reached to heaven. The angels of God were going up and down on it. 13ADONAI stood above it, and said, “I am ADONAI, the God of Avraham your father and the God of Yitz'chak. The land on which you lie, l will give it to you and to your descendants. 14Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. In you and in your descendants all the families of the earth will be blessed. 15I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go, and I will bring you back into this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

16Ya'akov awoke from his sleep, and said, “Surely ADONAI is in this place, and I didn’t know it.” 17He was astonished, and said, “How awesome is this place! This place is none other than God’s house, and this is the gate of heaven.”

18Ya'akov got up early in the morning, took the stone that he had put under his head, set it up as a standing-stone, and poured olive oil on its top. 19He named that place Beit-El [house of God], but the name of the city was originally Luz. 20Ya'akov took this vow: “If God will be with me, guard me in my way, give me bread to eat, and clothing to wear, 21so that I return to my father’s house in peace, then ADONAI will be my God, 22and this stone that I have set as a standing-stone will be God’s house. Of everything you give me I will faithfully give the tenth to you.”


Ya'akov, Rachel, and Le'ah

[ii] 29 1Then Ya'akov continued on his journey and came to the land of the people of the east. 2He looked and saw a well in the field, with three flocks of sheep lying there by it, because they watered the flocks from that well. The stone on the well’s mouth was large,  3and when all the flocks were gathered they would roll the stone from the well’s mouth, water the sheep, and then return the stone to the mouth of the well. 4Ya'akov said to them, “My brothers, where are you from?”

They said, “We are from Haran.”

5He asked them, “Do you know Lavan, the [grand]son of Nachor?”

They said, “We know him.”

6He said to them, “Are things going well for him?”

They answered, “Yes, things are well with him. Here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”

7He said, “Look, it’s still mid day. Isn't it time to gather the livestock together, water the sheep, and pasture them?”

8They said, “We can’t, until all the flocks are gathered together, and they roll the stone from the well’s mouth. Then we water the sheep.”

9While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she tended them. 10When Ya'akov saw Rachel the daughter of Lavan, his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Lavan, his mother’s brother, Ya'akov went up, rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Lavan his mother’s brother. 11Ya'akov kissed Rachel, and wept out loud. 12Ya'akov told Rachel that he was her father’s relative, that he was Rivkah’s son. She ran and told her father.

13When Lavan heard the news of Ya'akov, his sister’s son, he ran to meet Ya'akov, embraced him, kissed him, and brought him to his house. Ya'akov told Lavan everything that had happened. 14Lavan said to him, “Surely you are my flesh and blood.” After Ya'akov had lived with him for a month, 15Lavan said to him, “Just because you are my relative, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what I should pay you.”

16Lavan had two daughters; the elder was named Le'ah and the younger was named Rachel. 17Le'ah had weak eyes, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance.


[iii] 18Ya'akov loved Rachel, so he said, “I will work for you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

19Lavan said, “It is better that I give her to you than to another man. Stay with me.”

20Ya'akov worked seven years for Rachel, but because of his love for her they seemed to him but just a few days.

21Ya'akov said to Lavan, “Give me my wife, since my time is finished, so I may live with her.”

Lavan’s Treachery

22Lavan gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. 23In the evening he took his daughter Le'ah and brought her to Ya'akov, who. He went in to her. 24Lavan gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter Le'ah to be her servant. 25In the morning Ya'akov discovered he was with Le'ah. He said to Lavan, “What is this you have done to me? Didn’t I work for you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”

26Lavan answered, “That’s not how we do things here, to give the younger daughter before the firstborn. 27Finish the marriage week week of this one, and we’ll give you the other one for the work you will do for me for seven more years.”

28Ya'akov finished Le'ah’s wedding week, then Lavan gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife. 29Lavan also gave his daughter Rachel his servant Bilhah to be her servant. 30Ya'akov went in to Rachel also, and he indeed loved Rachel more than Le'ah, and he served Lavan seven more years.

31ADONAI saw that Le'ah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was childless. 32Le'ah conceived, and bore a son, and she named him Re'uven [“see, a son”]. For she said, “Because ADONAI has seen my affliction, surely now my husband will love me.” 33She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because ADONAI has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” She named him Shim'on [“heard”]. 34She conceived again, and bore a son. Said, “Now this time will my husband be joined to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore was his name called Levi [“joined to”]. 35She conceived again, and bore a son. She said, “This time will I praise ADONAI,” so she named him Y'hudah [“praised”]. Then she stopped bearing.

30 1When Rachel saw that she was not having children for Ya'akov, Rachel envied her sister. She said to Ya'akov, “Give me children, or I will die.”

2Ya'akov became angry with Rachel, and he said, “Am I in God’s place? He’s the one Who has kept you from having children!”

3She said, “Here is my maid Bilhah. Go in to her so she may bear on my knees[1] and that I might have children by her.” 4She gave him Bilhah her servant-girl as “wife,”[2] and Ya'akov went in to her. 5Bilhah conceived, and bore Ya'akov a son. 6Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son.” Therefore called she his name Dan [“judge”]. 7Bilhah, Rachel’s servant-girl, conceived again, and bore Ya'akov a second son. 8Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed.” She named him Naftali [“wrestling”].

9When Le'ah saw that she had finished bearing, she took Zilpah, her servant-girl, and gave her to Ya'akov as a “wife.” 10Zilpah, Le'ah’s servant-girl, bore Ya'akov a son. 11Le'ah said, “How fortunate!” She named him Gad [“good fortune”]. 12Zilpah, Le'ah’s servant-girl, bore Ya'akov a second son. 13Le'ah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” She named him Asher [“happy”].


[iv] 14During the days of wheat harvest, Re'uven found mandrakes[3] in the field, and brought them to his mother, Le'ah. Then Rachel said to Le'ah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”

15Le'ah answered, “Isn’t it enough that you have taken away my husband? Do you want take away my son’s mandrakes, too?”

So Rachel said, “He may sleep with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.”

16When Ya'akov came from the field that evening, Le'ah went out to meet him, and told him, “You have to sleep with me tonight, because I’ve hired you with my son’s mandrakes.”

So Ya'akov slept with her that night; 17God listened to Le'ah, and she conceived and bore Ya'akov a fifth son. 18Le'ah said, “God has given me my hire, because I gave my servant-girl to my husband.” She named him Yissakhar [“wages, reward”. 19Le'ah conceived again, and bore a sixth son to Ya'akov. 20Le'ah said, “God has endowed me with a good dowry. Now my husband will live with me, because I have borne him six sons.” She named him Z'vulun [“exalted,” from a root (lbz, zabal) meaning “live with me”]. 21Afterwards, she bore a daughter, and named her Dinah [“judgment”].

22God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her, and opened her womb. 23She conceived, bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.” 24She named him Yosef, [“ADONAI has added” or “may He add”] saying, “May ADONAI add another son to me.”

Ya'akov and Lavan

25After Rachel had given birth to Yosef, Ya'akov said to Lavan, “Send me on my way, so I may return to my own place, my own country. 26Let me take my wives children with me, for whom I have served you, and let me go. You know how well I have served you.”

27Lavan said to him, “If it pleases you, stay with me; for I have seen signs that ADONAI has blessed me because of you.”


[v] 28He said, “Name your wages, and I will pay it.”

29Ya'akov told him, “You know how I have served you, and how your livestock have fared with me. 30Before I came, you only had little, but it has increased to abundantly. ADONAI has blessed you wherever I turned. But now, when will I provide for my own household also?”

31Lavan said, “What shall I give you?”

Ya'akov said, “Don’t give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will pasture and keep your flock again. 32I will go through all your flock today, and remove from it every speckled, spotted, and black sheep, and the spotted and speckled goats. This will be my wages. 33So my integrity will answer for me later, when you come concerning my wages. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the sheep that might be found in my possession will be considered stolen.”

34Lavan said, “Good, let it be as you have said.” 35That day he removed the striped and spotted male goats, all the speckled and spotted female goats, every one that had white on it, and all the black sheep, and gave them into the care of his sons. 36He put a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Ya'akov, and Ya'akov fed the rest of Lavan’s flocks.

37Then Ya'akov took rods of fresh poplar, almond, and plane tree, and peeled strips in the bark, exposing the white which was in the rods. 38He set the rods he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering-troughs, where the flocks came to drink. They conceived when they came to drink. 39The flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted. 40Ya'akov separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the streaked and black animals in Lavan’s flock: and he set his own herds apart, and didn’t put them into Lavan’s flock. 41Also, whenever the stronger of the flock were mating, Ya'akov wouold place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, that they would mate by the rods; 42but when the flock was feeble, he didn’t put them in; so the feebler were Lavan’s, and the stronger were Ya'akov’s. 43The man became extremely prosperous, and had large flocks, female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.

Ya'akov Leaves Lavan

31 1He heard the words of Lavan’s sons, saying, “Ya'akov has taken away all that was our father’s. From that which was our father’s, has he gotten all this wealth.” 2Ya'akov saw the expression on Lavan’s face, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. 3ADONAI said to Ya'akov, “Return to the land of your fathers, and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”

4Ya'akov sent and called Rachel and Le'ah to the field to his flock, 5and said to them, “I see the expression on your father’s face, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me. 6You know that I have served your father with all of my strength. 7Your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times, but God didn’t allow him to hurt me. 8If he said this, ‘The speckled will be your wages,’ then all the flock bore speckled. If he said this, ‘The streaked will be your wages,’ then all the flock bore streaked. 9Thus God has taken away your father’s livestock, and given them to me. 10It happened during mating season that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats which leaped on the flock were streaked, speckled, and grizzled. 11The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Ya'akov,’ and I said, ‘Here I am.’ 12He said, ‘Now lift up your eyes, and behold, all the male goats which leap on the flock are streaked, speckled, and grizzled, for I have seen all that Lavan does to you. 13I am the God of Beit-El, where you anointed a pillar, where you vowed a vow to me. Now arise, get out from this land, and return to the land of your birth.’”

14Rachel and Le'ah answered him, “Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house? 15Aren’t we accounted by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and has also quite devoured our money. 16For all the riches which God has taken away from our father, that is ours and our children’s. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do.”


[vi] 17Then Ya'akov rose up, and set his sons and his wives on the camels, 18and he took away all his livestock, and all his possessions which he had gathered, including the livestock which he had gained in Paddan-Aram, to go to Yitz'chak his father, to the land of Kena'an. 19Now Lavan had gone to shear his sheep: and Rachel stole the teraphim[1] that were her father’s.

20Ya'akov deceived Lavan the Arami, in that he didn’t tell him that he was running away. 21So he fled with all that he had. He rose up, passed over the River, and set his face toward the mountain of Gilead.

22Lavan was told on the third day that Ya'akov had fled. 23He took his relatives with him, and pursued after him seven days’ journey. He overtook him in the mountain of Gilead. 24God came to Lavan, the Arami, in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Take heed to yourself that you don’t speak to Ya'akov either good or bad.”

25Lavan caught up with Ya'akov. Now Ya'akov had pitched his tent in the mountain, and Lavan with his relatives encamped in the mountain of Gilead. 26Lavan said to Ya'akov, “What have you done, that you have deceived me, and carried away my daughters like captives of the sword? 27Why did you flee secretly, and deceive me, and didn’t tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth and with songs, with tambourine and with harp; 28and didn’t allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now have you done foolishly. 29It is in the power of my hand to hurt you, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Take heed to yourself that you don’t speak to Ya'akov either good or bad.’ 30Now, you want to be gone, because you greatly longed for your father’s house, but why have you stolen my gods?”

31Ya'akov answered Lavan, “Because I was afraid, for I said, ‘Lest you should take your daughters from me by force.’ 32Anyone you find your gods with shall not live. Before our relatives, discern what is yours with me, and take it.” For Ya'akov didn’t know that Rachel had stolen them.

33Lavan went into Ya'akov’s tent, into Le'ah’s tent, and into the tent of the two female servants; but he didn’t find them. He went out of Le'ah’s tent, and entered into Rachel’s tent. 34Now Rachel had taken the teraphim, put them in the camel’s saddle, and sat on them. Lavan felt about all the tent, but didn’t find them. 35She said to her father, “Don’t let my lord be angry that I can’t rise up before you; for the manner of women is on me.” He searched, but didn’t find the teraphim.

36Ya'akov was angry, and argued with Lavan. Ya'akov answered Lavan, “What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued after me? 37Now that you have felt around in all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff? Set it here before my relatives and your relatives, that they may judge between us two.

38These twenty years I have been with you. Your ewes and your female goats have not cast their young, and I haven’t eaten the rams of your flocks. 39That which was torn of animals, I didn’t bring to you. I bore its loss. Of my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. 40This was my situation: in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from my eyes. 41These twenty years I have been in your house. I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times. 42Unless the God of my father, the God of Avraham, and the fear of Yitz'chak, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.”


[vii] 43Lavan answered Ya'akov, “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine: and what can I do this day to these my daughters, or to their children whom they have borne? 44Now come, let us make a covenant, you and I; and let it be for a witness between me and you.”

45Ya'akov took a stone, and set it up for a pillar. 46Ya'akov said to his relatives, “Gather stones.” They took stones, and made a heap. They ate there by the heap. 47Lavan called it Y'gar-Sahaduta, but Ya'akov called it Gal-'Ed. 48Lavan said, “This heap is witness between me and you this day.” Therefore it was named Gal-'Ed 49and HaMitzpah, for he said, “ADONAI watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another. 50If you afflict my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, no man is with us; behold, God is witness between me and you.” 51Lavan said to Ya'akov, “See this heap, and see the pillar, which I have set between me and you. 52May this heap be a witness, and the pillar be a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you will not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. 53The God of Avraham, and the God of Nachor, the God of their father, judge between us.” Then Ya'akov swore by the fear of his father, Yitz'chak. 54Ya'akov offered a sacrifice in the mountain, and called his relatives to eat bread. They ate bread, and stayed all night in the mountain.


[Maftir] 55Early in the morning, Lavan rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them. Lavan departed and returned to his place.

Ya'akov Returns to Cana'an

32 1Ya'akov went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2When he saw them, Ya'akov said, “This is God’s army.” He called the name of that place Mahanaim.

The Blessing After Torah

Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lech hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher nah-tahn la-noo toe-raht eh-met,
v’cha-yaye oh-lahm nah-tah b’toe-chay-noo.
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai,  no-tain ha-to-rah.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us a Torah of truth,
and has planted eternal life in our midst.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

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The Blessing of the Haftarah

Ba-rookh, ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo,
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher ba-khar been-vee-eem toe-veem,
v’rah-tzah b’deev­ray-hem,
ha-neh-eh-ma-reem, beh-eh-meht.

Ba-rookh ah-tah, Adonai,
ha-bo-char ba-to-rah,
oo-v’Mo-sheh ahv-doe, oo-v'yees­ra-ale ah-mo,
oo-veen-vee-aye hah-eh-met, vah-tzeh-dek.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who selected good prophets,
and was pleased with their words
which were spoken truthfully.

Blessed are You, O Lord,
Who chooses the Torah,
Your servant Moses, Your people Israel,
and prophets of truth and righteousness.

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(S) Hoshea (Hosea) 11:7-12:12

11 7 “My people are determined to turn from Me. Though they call to Ha`Elyon, nobody exalts Him. 8 How can I give you up, Efrayim? How can I surrender you, Yisra'el? How can I make you like Admah? How can I make you like Tzevoyim? My heart is turned within Me, My compassion is aroused. 9 I will not execute My fierce anger. I will not destroy Efrayim again: For I am God and not man; the Holy One in the your midst; and I will not come in wrath. 10 They will walk after ADONAI, Who will roar like a lion; for He will roar, and His children will come trembling from the west. 11 They will come trembling like birds out of Mitzrayim, and like a dove out of the land of Ashshur, and I will settle them in their houses,” says ADONAI. 12 “Efrayim surrounds Me with lies, and the house of Yisra'el with deceit. But Y'hudah still rules with God and is faithful with the Holy One.

12 1 “Efrayim feeds on wind, and chases the east wind. He continually piles up lies and desolation. They make a covenant with Ashshur, while sending olive oil to Mitzrayim. 2 ADONAI also has a dispute with Y'hudah, and will punish Ya`akov according to his ways. He will repay him according to his actions. 3 In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his adulthood he contended with God. 4 Indeed, he wrestled with the Angel and prevailed; he wept, and made pleaded with Him. He found him at Beit-El, and there he spoke with Us, 5 even ADONAI, the God of Tzva'ot; ADONAI is His memorial-name! 6 Therefore turn back again to your God. Observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually.

7 “A merchant who has dishonest scales in his hand loves to defraud. 8Efrayim says, ‘Surely I have become rich, I have found myself wealth. In all my wealth they won’t find in me any iniquity that is sin.’ 9 But I am ADONAI your God from the land of Mitzrayim. I will make you live in nomads’ tents again, just like in the days of the solemn feast [Sukkot]. 10 I have also spoken to the prophets, and I have given then numerous visions; and through the prophets I have used parables. 11 If Gil`ad is wicked, surely they are worthless. In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls. Indeed, their altars are like the stone heaps beside the furrows of the field. 12 Ya`akov fled into the country of Aram, and Yisra'el worked to get a wife, and for a wife he tended flocks and herds.”


(A) Hoshea (Hosea) 12:13-14:10

12 13 “By a prophet ADONAI brought Yisra'el up out of Mitzrayim, and by a prophet he was preserved. 14 Efrayim has provoked to bitter anger. Therefore his blood-guilt will remain on him, and his his Lord will repay him for his contempt.

13 1 When Efrayim spoke, people trembled; he was powerful in Yisra'el. But when he incurred guilt through Ba`al, he died. 2 Now they sin more and more, and have cast images from their silver, idols from their own imagination, all of them the work of craftsmen. They say of those who offer sacrifices, ‘Let them kiss the calves.’ 3 Therefore, they will be like the morning cloud, and like the dew that disappears early, like the chaff that is blown from the threshing floor by the wind, and like the smoke from a chimney. 4 Yet I have been ADONAI your God since the land of Mitzrayim; and you know no god but me, and besides me there is no savior. 5 I knew you in the desert, in the land of terrible drought.

 6 When they were well fed, they were satisfied; and when they were satisfied their heart became prideful. Therefore they have forgotten Me. 7 So now I have become like a lion to them; like a leopard I will lie in wait by their path. 8 I will encounter them like a bear who has been robbed of her cubs, and will tear open their chests. There I will devour them like a lioness, as a wild animal would tear them. 9 You have destroyed yourself, Yisra'el, because you are against Me, against your help. 10 Where is your king now, that he may save you in all your cities? And your judges, of whom you requested, ‘Give me a king and leaders?’ 11 I gave you a king in My anger, and I took him him away in my wrath. 12 The guilt of Efrayim is stored up. His sin is stored up. 13 The travail of a woman in labor will come on him. He is an unwise son; for this is not the time for him to delay at the opening of the womb. 14 I will ransom them from the power of She'ol; I will redeem them from death! Death, where is your plague? She'ol, where is your destruction? Compassion will be hidden from my sight. 15 Though he fourishes among the reeds, an east wind will come, the breath of ADONAI coming up from the wilderness; and his spring will become dry, and his fountain will be dried up. He will plunder his treasury of every valuable thing. 16 Shomron will bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women will be ripped open.”

Israel's Future Blessing

14 1 “Turn back to ADONAI your God, Yisra'el; for you have stumbled because of your depravity. 2 Take words with you, and return to ADONAI. Tell Him, ‘Take away all our iniquity, and accept that which is good: we will render the offering of our lips instead of bulls. 3Ashshur can’t save us. We won’t ride on horses. Neither will we say again, “Our gods!” to the work of our hands. For in you the fatherless finds mercy.’ 4 I will heal their apostasy. I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them. 5 I will be like the dew to Yisra'el. He will blossom like the lily, and will send down his roots like [the cedars of] Levanon. 6 His branches will spread out, his beauty will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like [the cedars of] Levanon. 7 Those who live in his shadow will revive like the grain and blossom like the vine. His reputation will be lik the wine of Levanon. 8 Efrayim, what have I to do any more with idols? I answer, and will take care of you. I am like a green fir tree; your fruit comes from me.”

 9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things. Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of ADONAI are right, and the righteous walk in them; but the rebellious will stumble in them.


Ketuvei HaShalichim
(Apostolic Writings)

The Blessing of the Ketuvei HaShalichim

Bah-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-shehr nah-tahn la-noo mah-she-ahch Yeshua,
v’ha-deeb­rote shell Ha-breet Ha-kha-da-shah,
ba-rookh ah-ta Adonai,
no­tain Hah-breet Hah-kha-da-shah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us Messiah Yeshua
and the commandments of the New Covenant.
Blessed are You, O Lord,
Giver of the New Covenant.


Yochanan (John) 1:43-51

 43On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. Yeshua said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Natanael, and said to him, “We have found him, of whom Moshe in the Torah, and the Prophets, wrote: Yeshua of Nazareth, the son of Yosef.”

46Natanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47Yeshua saw Natanael coming to him, and said about him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

48Natanael said to him, “How do you know me?”

Yeshua answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49Natanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are King of Israel!”

50Yeshua answered him, “Because I told you, ‘I saw you underneath the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these!” 51He said to him, “Most certainly, I tell you, hereafter you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

The Blessing of the Messiah

Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai Eh-lo-hay-noo,
meh-lekh hah-oh-lahm,
ah-sher keed-sha-noo beed-va-reh-khah
v'na-tahn la-noo et Yeshuah M'shee-khay-noo,
v'tzee-va-noo l'he-oat oar lah-oh-lahm.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has sanctified us in Your Word,
and given us Yeshua, our Messiah,
and commanded us to be a light to the world.




  [30-1] We consider this immoral today, but it was common practice in the ancient near- and middle-East for childless women to use their servant girls as “surrogate mothers.” The servant would literally sit on the wife’s lap while the husband impregnated her. Then the servant would again literally sit on the wife’s lap for the delivery.

  [30-2] The reason I have placed the word “wife” in quotes is that although the Hebrew word 'ishshah [hXXa] is most frequently translated as “wife,” it is also translated as “adulteress,” “harlot,” and “woman.” Scripture later (Gen. 35:22) calls Bilhah Ya'akov’s “concubine.”

  [30-3] The madrake (Atropa mandragora) is a medicinal plant that has been used from earliest times as a pain reliever, sleep aid, and to relieve melancholy. Because the bifurcated root is somewhat man-shape, it has also sometimes been thought to improve fertility. It is possible that Rachel felt it may cure her infertility.

 [31-1] The teraphim were household idols that may have been associated with inheritance rights to the household property.



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