Parashat Vayetze / Nature and Nurture

Rabbi Samuel interprets the Hebrew word for 'the mountains' as meaning 'the parents' - i.e., Jacob's parents. Jacob looks at his home, asking, 'From whence shall my help come?'

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Psalms 121 begins with a description of the distraught narrator, who asks: “A Song of Ascents. I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: from whence shall my help come?” (Psalms 121:1). The narrator...