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This Week’s Dvar Torah
The people of the book also know how to fight
In this week’s Parsha we see the transformation of Yaacov. Up to now the Yaacov we knew was a “wholehearted man who dwelt in tents”. Our Rabbis explain that he spent his time studying Torah in the tents of Shem and Ever. He was a good “yeshiva bocher”.
Suddenly in this week’s Parsha a new Yaacov emerges. He finds himself at a well. There he meets his future wife, Rachel. A group of shepherds also gather at the well. They must all wait because on the well is a stone so heavy that it would take many people to remove it. Suddenly Rachel appears and when Yaacov see’s her we are told:
While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s flock, for she was its shepherd. And when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his uncle Laban, and the flock of his uncle Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the stone off the mouth of the well, and watered the flock of his uncle Laban. (Beresheet 29:9-10)
Rashi makes the following comment:
and rolled the stone off: as easily as one draws the stopper from the mouth of a bottle — thus showing you how strong he was (Rashi Beresheet 29:10)
Where did Yaacov find the strength to remove the stone single handed? If he had such strength, why did he run away from Esav? The Radak suggests that in those moments “Hashem blessed him with extraordinary strength”.
But let me suggest a far simpler answer. Yaacov had the strength all along but never used it. Brut strength is not the way of Yaacov (and his descendants). Yaacov’s strength is a spiritual one. But when backed into a wall, when forced to help those in need, Yaacov leaves his books and fights like a lion.
Yaacov shows the way for the Jewish nation. The people of the book when pushed become warriors for justice. I like to think of our forefathers as the first “hesder soldiers”. Avraham gathered 318 men and fought against mighty kings to free his nephew Lot. Yaacov rolled stones off wells to help those in need.
Today our brave soldiers in Israel are doing the same. War is not our way. We would rather that our sons and daughters not be on the battlefield. But when push comes to shove the Jewish nation is fierce. Our soldiers have put their books down and with weapons in hand will fight like lions to protect the Jewish nation. May Hashem protect all of them and bring them home safely.
Wishing you all
Rabbi Yosef Benarroch
Adas Yeshurun Herzlia
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|Mincha & Kabalat Shabbat||5:00 pm|
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|Latest Shema||10:05 am|
|Havdalah and Maariv||5:18 pm|
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|Mincha & Maariv||4:25 pm|
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|Wednesday 7:00 pm||Weekly Parsha|
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Genesis – Vayetze – The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people
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This Week’s Yahrzeits
|Kislev 11||November 24, 2023||Badonna Greenberg|
|Kislev 12||November 25, 2023||Caroline Berbrayer|
|Kislev 13||November 26, 2023||Herman Kraut|
|Kislev 13||November 26, 2023||Judith Veres|
|Kislev 13||November 26, 2023||Jarniewski Family|
|Kislev 15||November 28, 2023||Bertha Kowall|
|Kislev 17||November 30, 2023||Alex Malkin|
|Kislev 17||November 30, 2023||Noga Paz|
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