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In this Torah portion, Jacob has a dream in which angels go up and down a ladder connecting earth to heaven. God appears before Jacob and renews the covenant that God had made with Abraham. Jacob sees Rachel, Laban’s daughter, tending sheep and wishes to marry her. Laban tricks Jacob into marrying his eldest daughter, Leah, after seven years of labor. In exchange for another seven years of work, Jacob is allowed to marry Rachel. Jacob has many sons with Leah, but Rachel is unable to conceive. Finally, God blesses Rachel, and she has a son, whom she names Joseph.
The Haftarah is from Hosea 12:13-14:10. The opening lines of this reading refer to Jacob’s service to Laban by which he earned the right to marry Laban’s daughters.
The image below of Jacob’s dream comes from a Bible card published 1900 by the Providence Lithograph Company.