Vayetzei – Genesis 28:10-32:3

As in previous portions, this portion contains a declaration to a patriarch of how expansive his offspring will be, though in this case the patriarch is Jacob rather than Abraham. “You shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and your offspring,” God tells Jacob. The preacher could remind her or his listeners that the work of justice must be national and international, not just limited to the local community, and suggest that one part of that work should involve reproductive justice—ensuring that all women have equal access to full reproductive health services.

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