Shefa Gold is an American rabbi and scholar who serves as director of C-DEEP, The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Gold is a noted teacher of chant, Jewish mysticism, Jewish prayer and spirituality.
In Parshat Vayetze Yaakov (Jacob) leaves his home and journeys to Charan. On the way, he sleeps in a place called “the place” and is dreaming of a ladder connecting heaven and earth.
In Haran, Jacob works for his uncle Laban. Laban agrees to give him his younger daughter Rachel, whom Jacob loves, in marriage. But on the wedding night, Laban gives him his elder daughter Leah instead. Jacob marries Rachel after agreeing to work another seven years for Laban.
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