Jacob’s Ladder, Telephone Torah Study, Thursday, November 7th, 4pm
We’ll study Jacob’s Ladder and other highlights of the weekly Torah portion Vayeitzei (Gen. 28:10-32:3), Thursday, 4-5pm. To join in on the conference call, please dial 702-851-4044, when prompted punch in 2, then our pass code 22252#.
‘God Was In This Place And I Did Not Know: Jacob’s response to his dream provides us with two models of discovering God’s presence’ by David Elcott:
Jacob runs for his life, fleeing the fury of the brother from whom he has stolen the patriarchal blessing and the father he has deceived.
He stops for the night, for the sun is setting. The next day he will cross over into another land, a new family and a world that knows nothing of a covenant with God.
Jacob has reached the borders of his life with no assurance that the blessings of power, wealth and progeny he has received from his father, Isaac, will ever be fulfilled. Jacob dreams of a ladder to heaven with angels ascending and descending. He envisions God at his side, renewing the covenant made with his father Isaac, and grandfather, Abraham.
Selected Verses of the Week
1. [Jacob] dreamed, and lo—a ladder was set on the ground, with its top reaching to heaven, and lo—angels of God going up and coming down on it. (Gen. 28:12)
2. “And here I am, with you: I will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this soil. I will not let go of you as long as I have yet to do what I have promised you.” (Gen. 28:15)
3. Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and of face. (Gen.29:17)