Article Index

ויצא - "And He Went Out"

Weekly parashah #7: Vayetze

ON THE EUPHRATES © Michaelmajor |


Genesis 28:10

Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran.

<< Previous (Toldot) Next (Vayishlach) >>


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.

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.

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.

Parashah Outline

  • 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

Portraits of Messiah


Verse by Verse Notes




Other Observations


Torah Portion




or view this week's triennial cycle reading.

Today is

Yom Rishon, 20 Kislev, 5784

Sunday, December 03, 2023


Learn more about this date in history.