The Haftorah portion has 2 different readings (from Hosea) for the Ashkenazi and Sephardi communities, but they overlap for 2 verses:
13 Then Jacob had to flee to the land of Aram;Strange parallel!
There Israel served for a wife
For a wife he had to guard [sheep].
14 But when the Lord brought Israel up from Egypt,
It was through a prophet;
Through a prophet they were guarded.
- In verse 13, Jacob (a.k.a. Israel) is fleeing from the land, while in verse 14 the people of Israel are returning to the land.
- In verse 13, Jacob/Israel is guarding sheep, while in verse 14 the people of Israel are themselves guarded.
- That leaves the wife (Rachel) for whom Jacob guarded sheep in verse 13, and the prophet (Moses) who shepherded the Israelites in verse 14. Neither of them is explicitly named in this passage.
I have spent a whole week agonizing over this. I feel there has to be something there, but I am not identifying it. Maybe one of my 3 readers will help?