Yaakov: Protect Yourself!

28 11 2014

protect-yourself

Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky explains why Yaakov had to spend 14 years in the Yeshiva of Shem and Ever.

The first 63 years of his life he studied Torah with his father, in an environment insulated from the immorality and corruption of Canaan.

Now, Yaakov would be living in Charan, with people like Lavan – dishonest and unscrupulous, Yaakov would need to protect himself both morally and spiritually. Therefore he needed these years in the Yeshiva of Shem and Ever to further mould his personality to be able to protect himself.

Why the Torah of Shem and Ever? Because they too had lived in the generation of the Flood and Tower of Babel and had had to protect themselves against spiritual and moral threats. Therefore, their Yeshiva was the appropriate place to learn.

In these 14 years at the Yeshiva of Shem and Ever, Yaakov would learn how to emerge spiritually clean and unscathed from his personal exile.

G-d appears to him through angels and with a Divine promise at the beginning of this weeks Parsha, but first Yaakov has to make the effort, by learning in the Yeshiva of Shem and Ever.

Shabbat Shalom,

Benjy Singer – My Shteiblech.

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