Weekly Words of Torah goes PC (Parashah and Chesed) – Parashat Vayetze 5780

To inspire, guide, engage, enrich, and empower Conservative Jewish Women
By Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, Executive Director, Women’s League For Conservative Judaism

The following is a summary of the situations we read about in Parashat Vayetze: Jacob had a dream vision. Jacob established evening prayer. Jacob and Rachel met. Laban and Jacob created a marriage contract. Laban fooled Jacob by switching his daughters. Rachel and Leah had jealousy between them. Jacob planned to leave Laban. Jacob left Laban. Laban ran to catch Jacob. Jacob and Laban fought. Jacob and Laban reached an agreement. God’s angels escorted Jacob to the Holy Land.

In Parashat Vayetze, twelve of Jacob’s thirteen children are born. This coming Shabbat, December 7, when we read Parashat Vayetze, is Solomon Schechter’s birthday. In recognition of all of these births this week, a Chesed idea would be to create a birthday party in a box for underprivileged children, or people in assisted living facilities and such. For example, collect large plastic containers, or paper gift bags, and put into them some colorful plates, napkins, utensils, balloons, party hats, fancy tablecloths, a cake mix, and a small universal type of gift – like a word search book or a writing journal.

Weekly Words of Torah is a brief paragraph prepared weekly by our Executive Director, Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, presented in our “This Week @ Women’s League.” WWOT will provide meaningful thoughts related to the Weekly Torah Portion, an event on the Calendar, a Prayer, or something of Jewish interest, to inspire, guide, engage, enrich, and empower Conservative Jewish Women. If you have any particular interest in future topics, or want to send Rabbi Wolintz-Fields an email, you can contact her at ewolintz-fields@wlcj.org. Read previous Weekly Words of Torah here, and stay up-to-date with the latest WWOT theme, Chesed, here.