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Jacob – the final of the three forefathers, has some of the most complicated and unbelievably beautiful narratives in Biblical literature. Strangely, when we delve into the stories of Jacob, the theme that emerges seems to be…deception? As the text seems to point out, Jacob deceives his family members, and is in turn deceived by them. In Parshat Vayeitzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3) we try and tackle the infamous question- what is the Bible trying to teach us with this focus on Jacob and the theme of deception?

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To dive deeper into the stories in Jacob’s life): https://goo.gl/N9qOet For more on the deception story of the switched blessings: https://goo.gl/u3SZob For more on the connection between Laban’s deception and Jacob’s deception: https://goo.gl/AeXEfc For more on Jacob’s reconciliation with Esau: https://goo.gl/VT0j7i for a more condensed version: https://goo.gl/h5vdp7 For more on Rachel’s stealing of the terafim: https://goo.gl/RCtLv2

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