Bereisheet (Genesis): Vayeitzei > Ch 30

Rachel gives Jacob her maidservant Bilhah. Bilhah has 2 sons: Dan, Naftali

  • Rachel said, "Here is my maidservant Bilhah; come to her, and she will bear [children] on my knees, so that I, too, will be built up from her." Bilhah had 2 sons: Dan & Naftali.

Leah gives Jacob her maidservant Zilpah. Zilpah has 2 sons: Gad, Asher

  • Leah saw that she had stopped bearing children and gave Jacob her maidservant Zilpah for a wife. And Zilpah, Leah's maidservant, bore Jacob a son. Zilpah had 2 sons: Gad & Asher

Leah has two more sons: Issachar & Zebulun. Leah has a daughter: Dinah

  • Reuben found dudaim in the field and brought them to his mother, Leah. Rachel wanted the dudaim and in exchange gave Leah her night with Jacob. Leah started conceiving again, and bore Jacob two sons: Issachar and Zebulun. Leah bore a daughter: Dinah

Rachel has a son: Joseph

  • And G-d remembered Rachel, and G-d hearkened to her, and He opened her womb. And she conceived and bore a son: Joseph

Jacob decides to return to his land, but first he uses shepherding to become very wealthy

  • After Joseph was born, Jacob decided to return to his land. He took nothing from Laban, but made an agreement to take only spotted and speckled goats and brown sheep of the young that would be born. Jacob took moist rods of trembling poplar, hazelnut and chestnut, peeled white streaks upon them, and placed the rods into water for the animals. This caused the animals to come into heat, and they bore ringed, spotted, and striped young. Jacob separated the sheep, and turned the faces of the animals toward the spotted ones. Also, whenever the animals that were bearing their first would come into heat, Jacob took the young only from those that came into heat right away, those that would delay he gave to Laban. Jacob became exceedingly wealthy, had prolific animals, maidservants, manservants, camels and donkeys.

Rashi Commentary

  • dudaim (Sanh. 99b) Sigli. This is an herb, [called] jasmine in Arabic
  • Dinah judgment (דָּנָה)