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Laban had two daughters: Rachel and Leah. Leah was older, but the Torah says that she had "weak eyes." Rachel, on the other hand, was beautiful. On their wedding night, Laban surreptitiously switched his daughters. He disguised Leah as Rachel, just as Jacob had disguised himself as Esau to trick Isaac. Jacob accidentally married Leah.Read This Torah Portions Overview
Whenever we allow our appetites to rule us, we follow in the footsteps of Esau. Opportunities to honor or despise our birthright in the kingdom pass before us on a daily basis. We are constantly placed in positions where we must decide between what we crave and what is right.
How do you know when you have found your soul mate? And what exactly is a soul mate? The idea is that each individual has one other person, somewhere out there, who is his or her preordained, perfect match. A person’s soul mate is the ideal complement to fulfill his or her physical, spiritual and psychological needs.
Tradition says that the primary sin of the men of Sodom and Gomorrah was their inhospitable welcome of strangers. Jewish legend embellished the story with other tales of how badly the people of Sodom treated guests and strangers. The people of Sodom came to represent the opposite of hospitality. Not only were they sexually deviant, but even worse, they were inhospitable.
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