(37:1) After his long exile and his many trials, Jacob settled, in the land where his father had lived, in Hebron, in the land of Canaan.
Jacob settled [vayeishev] R. Yochanan said: Wherever the word vayeishev, “he settled, ” is mentioned in Scripture, it introduces a painful episode. For example, “Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived” is followed by “and Joseph brought evil reports about his brothers to his father.” And this brought on the tragic selling of Joseph by his brothers (Sanhedrin 106a).
NOTE: Rashi comments: Whenever a person wants to settle down and live at ease, he is reminded of his true purpose in life by events that jolt him out of his complacency.
(37:2) These are the chronicles of Jacob: Joseph was seventeen years old. As a lad he would tend the sheep with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives. Joseph brought his father a bad report about them.
These are the chronicles of Jacob The Rabbis taught: Joseph was worthy that twelve tribes should issue from him, just as his