Rachel's Voice / Parashat Vayetzeh

Rachel's courageous act, motivated by love and pity for her sister Leah, is compared to the relationship between God and his people following the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem: God should not act out of jealousy.

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A disturbing symmetry can be discerned between Rebecca’s actions in last week’s Torah reading and Laban’s in this week’s reading. Whereas Rebecca helps...