Friday, December 9, 2011
Have you smashed your TV yet?
We come across a fascinating story in this week’s Torah portion. Jacob and his family are heading back to Israel from the house of Lavan. His brother, Esau, who tried to kill him here some years earlier was on his way to ‘greet’ them. Jacob did all sorts of things in preparation for this fearful confrontation: he prayed, sent gifts and armed. The night before the encounter he crossed the Yabok river with his family and belongings. The Torah accounts: And Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. Why was he alone? Where was he? The Talmud answers: It was for the sake of some small jars he had left behind. The Talmud continues, from here it is learned that to the righteous their money is dearer than their body.
Posted by Mendel Cohen at 2:45 AM