Dvar Torah Vayeitzei
In this week’s Parsha,וַיֵּצֵ֥א, it talks about the events of יעקב leaving his home because עשו is out to kill him for stealing his Berecha,the dream of the Ladder in which Hashem says to יעקב:
וְהִנֵּ֨ה יְהֹוָ֜ה נִצָּ֣ב עָלָיו֘ וַיֹּאמַר֒ אֲנִ֣י יְהֹוָ֗ה אֱלֹהֵי֙ אַבְרָהָ֣ם אָבִ֔יךָ וֵֽאלֹהֵ֖י יִצְחָ֑ק הָאָ֗רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֤ר אַתָּה֙ שֹׁכֵ֣ב עָלֶ֔יהָ לְךָ֥ אֶתְּנֶ֖נָּה וּלְזַרְעֶֽךָ:
“And behold, the Lord was standing over him, and He said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your
father, and the God of Isaac; the land upon which you are lying to you I will give it and to your seed.'”
There was also the event of יעקב meeting לבן, and falling in love with רחל, and marrying her sister לאה
after seven years of hard work. The question about this is why afterwards it says: מַלֵּ֖א שְׁבֻ֣עַ זֹ֑את וְנִתְּנָ֨ה לְךָ֜ גַּם־אֶת־זֹ֗את בַּֽעֲבֹדָה֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר תַּֽעֲבֹ֣ד עִמָּדִ֔י ע֖וֹד שֶֽׁבַע־שָׁנִ֥ים אֲחֵרֽוֹת: “Complete the week of this one, and we will give you this one too, for the work that you will render me for another seven years.” Why does the Torah say this after the marriage?
The answer is the following: it shows the concept of שבאה ברכות, the seven blessings given for seven days after the day of a person’s wedding. Another answer given towards this is to show רחל’s characteristic, as she let her sister go and marry instead of her, showing that she’s willing to put her needs aside for others. That is a lesson that we can live by every day of our lives. Have a great Shabbos and Shabbat Shalom!