Tuesday, December 13, 2005
This week's Parsha begins and ends with angels, oaths and pillars. At the beginning of the Parsha Yaakov sleeps and dreams of angels ascending and descending a ladder, makes an oath that if G-d keeps him safe and provides for him this will be the place of the house of G-d and sets the stone he has slept on as a pillar. At the end of the Parsha Yaakov is pursued by Lavan and after a harsh exchange, he makes a pillar or heap of stones, exchanges oaths and then encounters angels.Both occur in exactly that order which occur in inverse order the second time around. His encounter with the angels follows the oaths and the pillar whereas the first time he first sees the angels, then makes an oath and finally makes the pillar.What occurs between these two series of events comprises the entire Parsha. Yaakov like Avraham and Yitzchak goes into a temporary exile among a people with foreign and immoral ideas who seek to exploit him. After a period of struggle he comes out wealthy and powerfull and those same people recognize that G-d is with him. For Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov these disputes involve wells. Avraham and Yitzchak struggle with Avimelech and the Phlistim over the wells that they dug and Yaakov contends with Lavan over his daughter Rachel whom he met at the well and then the flocks watered at the well.A well is the expression of hidden life, where a river is easy to see and to obtain water from, a well must be sought for and dug out and then defended. A river only has to be approached, a well requires exertion and effort. Yaakov comes upon a well which is closed and which cannot be opened by any ordinary man and opens it for the benefit of all. Avraham and Yitzchak dig wells which are seized by the Phlistim and stopped up. As Lavan did, the Phlistim realize that they are blessed through Avraham and so Avimelech comes to Avraham and Yitzchak and offers them a treaty.
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