VAYETZE (and he went out)

Jacob’s Vision

Genesis 28:10 Jacob went out from Beer-sheba and went toward Haran (burning anger). C-MATS

Question: Where did Jacob go before he went to Haran? Aware of the challenges awaiting him in Haran, Jacob realized that he needed to prepare himself spiritually before going there. He therefore returned to the academy of Ever in Salem (Shem had already died by then), studying there diligently for the next fourteen years. Jashar

Genesis 28:11 And he came upon the certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had already set; and he took some stones from that place and put them as his pillows and lay down in that place to sleep. C-MATS

Question: Where was that “certain place” that Jacob went? “The place” is Mount Moriah (the “Temple Mount” in Jerusalem, where Abraham had bound Isaac upon the altar and where King Solomon would erect יהוה’s Temple). This is where his father and grandfather had prayed also.

Genesis 28:12 And he dreamed and there was a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached to heaven: and the angels of Elohim were ascending and descending on it. C-MATS

Question: Why were the angels going up and down the ladder? The angels, which are יהוה’s agents in carrying out יהוה’s guidance of earthly affairs, constantly go up to heaven to receive His commands and then come back to earth to carry them out through the gate of heaven. Jacob and the Hebrew nation however are under the direct guidance of יהוה who is atop the ladder. We are spoken to directly as led by His Spirit. Chumash