“My Birds Have Left the Nest:
The Cultural Experience of Setting Off on Your Own”
הגוזלים שלי עזבו את הקן: החוויה התרבותית של יציאה לעולם כעצמאי
An Exploration of the Cultural Differences of Leaving the Home in Israeli and American Culture
Parashat Vayetze opens with the famous story of Jacob setting out from his childhood home of Be’er Sheva to Haran, where he is to start a family of his own. Jacob’s story is one of many biblical stories that emphasize the leaving of the home as a milestone in the development of a character. In this study, we will look at Jacob’s momentous night away from home and discuss the experience of leaving home in the American and Israeli experiences.