The Torah In Haiku: Vayeitzei

Laban tricks Jacob
What goes around comes around
Biblical karma?

At Jewish weddings
We remember this story
With the bedeken

Last week (Gen 27:21): And Isaac said, “Are you really my son Esau?” And Jacob said, “I am”

This week (Gen 29:25): In the morning, [Jacob discovered that] it was Leah. He said to Laban, ‘What is this that you have done to me? Did not I serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”

Bedeken: The deception of Jacob by Laban is one of the Biblical stories that provides an explanation for the bedeken ceremony, in which the groom himself places the veil over the face of his bride. The photo of a bedeken ceremony is by SFriedbergPhoto via Flickr.

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About Ed Nickow

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL. This post is from his blog The Torah in Haiku.

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