Vayetze means “and he departed” the ‘he’ being Jacob heading towards Haran. At Haran
Jacob has his famous vision of the heavenly ladder before proceeding to dwell with his
uncle Laban. This of course sets up the struggle with Jacob wanting Rachel but being
forced to marry Leah as he toils for twenty years. After finally escaping, Jacob finds
himself trapped between a deceptive uncle he left behind and a brother who publicly
swore to kill him coming towards him with hundreds of armed men.