Summary of The Weekly Torah Reading:
Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section
is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person
to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.
Yakov experiences the famed prophecy of "Jacob's Ladder".
Yakov arrives in Charan, encounters Rachel, and contracts with
Lavan for her hand in marriage.
Lavan switches Leah for Rachel forcing Yakov to negotiate another
7 years of service for Rachel. Leah gives birth to Reuven, Shimon, Levi, and
Yehudah. Rachel marries off Bilhah to Yakov who gives birth to Dan and
Naftoli. Leah marries off Zilpah to Yakov, and she gives birth to Gad and
Rachel contracts with Leah for Reuven's mandrakes, after which
Leah gives birth to Yisachar and Zevulen. Rachel finally gives birth to
Yoseph, and Yakov approaches Lavan to negotiate a proper salary for continued
Yakov's uses his vast knowledge of nature and husbandry to amass a
fortune in sheep and cattle. After 6 years he decides with Rachel and Leah to
flee from Lavan.
They flee and Lavan catches them. Hashem (G-d) intervenes and Yakov,
while confronting Lavan for his years of duplicity, unwittingly curses
Yakov and Lavan separate and Yakov arrives at the border of Canaan
Parsha Summary by Rabbi Aron Tendler