ויצא - "And He Went Out"
Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran.
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The Hebrew Word
The name of this week's parashah, ויצא (vayetze), comes from the Hebrew word יצא (yatsa) which is a primitive Hebrew root word which means "to go". It is (Strong's #3318) and is used 1214 times in 990 verses in the Tanakh.
First use in Scripture
The first time yatsa is used in Scripture is in Genesis 1:12.
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and G-d saw that it was good.
This passage literally reads "Went forth from the earth vegetation..."
Last use in Scripture
The last time yatsa is used in Scripture is in Malachi 4:2.
"But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.
- Ya'akov's Dream - Genesis 28:10
- Ya'akov Meets Rachel - Genesis 29:1
- Lavan's Treachery - Genesis 29:21
- The Sons of Ya'akov - Genesis 30:1
- Ya'akov Prospers - Genesis 30:25
- Ya'akov Leaves Secretly for Canaan - Genesis 31:1
- Lavan Pursues Ya'akov - Genesis 31:22
- The Covenant at Mizpah - Genesis 31:43
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