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Tuesday, 6 Kislev, 5777 - December 6, 2016
Summary of Today's Chumash
In the third aliyah the Torah says that Yakov loved Rachel and offered to serve Lavan seven years for her. Yakov serves seven years for her, and they seem like a few days to him. Rashi says this refers to Yakov's mother telling Yakov to dwell a "few days" with Lavan. After the seven years, Yakov goes to marry Rachel, but Lavan pulls a switch on him and gives him Leah instead. As a result, Yakov served an additional seven years to marry Rachel. Leah had children right away, but Rachel was barren. By the end of this aliyah Yakov also marries his two wives' handmaids for a total of four wives.