Thoughts & Ideas
Our Sidra is called by its first word: “Vayetze”, meaning “And he went out”, as the first verse states, “And Jacob went out from Beersheba and went towards Charan.” Why does the Torah need to tell us that Jacob left Beersheba? It seems irrelevant to the narrative. The Lithuanian 18th Century Rabbi Jacob Kranz known as the Dubno Maggid says that we leave home either because we are compelled to leave our present locality, or simply because we wish to go somewhere else, but in the case of Jacob’s journey, both of these reasons apply. Rebecca told Jacob to leave Beersheba because Esau wanted to kill him, but Isaac told him to go to Charan (in Mesopotamia, where the family came from), for an entirely different reason: He had to go there to find a wife from the daughters of his uncle Laban.