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Length: 55 minutes
In the first aliyah of Parshas Vayeitzei, Yaakov is on the run from his home. Even though Yaakov was leaving Eretz Yisroel, he was not subject to the curse of the earth. He knew that Hashem is there, all of the way, anywhere–therefore, he was able to expand outside of Eretz Yisrael. In Eretz Yisrael, it is easier to see the connection with Hashem. Yaakov shows us that even in golus (exile), it is possible to bring Hashem’s presence down to this earth.
Length: 58 minutes
In the second aliyah of Parshas Vayeitzei, Yaakov meets Rachel for the first time. At this meeting, Yaakov does a few things that seem to be out of character. His actions were completely pure, with none of the lust or passion of this world. Yaakov’s portion is Olam Habah (the World to Come), and Rachel links him to the physical world, encouraging him to bring the spirituality to this world. Yaakov cries at their meeting, because the world misunderstood the purity of his intentions.
Length: 57 minutes
In the fourth aliyah of Parshas Vayeitzei, Rachel and Leah have the exchange with the dudaim, the flowers that Reuven brought to Leah. With this exchange, they clarified their most important goals and desires: Rachel’s desire to have a child with Yaakov, and Leah’s desire to be closer to her husband. When Lavan arranged that Yaakov would marry both Leah and Rachel, he introduced tension and division into the Jewish people. Our strength comes through our unity and togetherness, and Lavan sought to undermine this core.
Length: 52 minutes
In Parshas Vayeitzei, we learn about Yaakov Avinu establishing the prayer of Maariv. This prayer is said when it is already evening. We learn about different aspects of night and how they connect specifically to Yaakov and his prayer. Night is a time that is free from the distractions of the world, much like Yaakov Avinu was separated as much as possible from the physical world. Additionally, nighttime has the element of fear and anticipation of the dawn, when we put our trust in Hashem that He will redeem us from the darkness.
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