Thursday, November 07, 2013

Parashat Vayetze, 5774/2013 edition

Basics here.

יג  וְהִנֵּה יְהוָה נִצָּב עָלָיו, וַיֹּאמַר, אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם אָבִיךָ, וֵאלֹהֵי יִצְחָק; הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה שֹׁכֵב עָלֶיהָ--לְךָ אֶתְּנֶנָּה, וּלְזַרְעֶךָ.
13 And, behold, the LORD stood beside him, and said: 'I am the LORD, the God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac. The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed.
יד  וְהָיָה זַרְעֲךָ כַּעֲפַר הָאָרֶץ, וּפָרַצְתָּ יָמָּה וָקֵדְמָה וְצָפֹנָה וָנֶגְבָּה; וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כָּל-מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה, וּבְזַרְעֶךָ.
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. And in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

HaShem has been making promises like this one since the days of Avraham, Yaakov’s grandfather.  Pardon my skepticism, but why does Yaakov believe HaShem?

Here’s a link to my oldies. 

My favorite point, from Midrash madness:

“I'd also be curious to know whether it occurred to any of the midrash-writers that Esav [Esau] actually had a perfectly legitimate reason to bring 400 (presumably armed) men with him to his reunion with Yaakov/Jacob: Yaakov had already taken Esav's birthright and blessing, so why should Esav have trusted him not to come back for more?


Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

He doesn't. Which is why he says "IF you will get me back to my fathers house in safety, provide food and clothing, THEN you will be my god.

Sun Nov 10, 10:18:00 PM 2013  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Ah. Good point.

Mon Nov 11, 04:13:00 PM 2013  

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