08 Dec Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Vayeitzei 5777
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Vayeitzie in which Yaakov goes out on his own. While it would be nice to think that Yaakov made the choice to leave, the truth is that he was both pushed out the door by his parents and sprinted out the door on his own as he fled from his brother who was prepared to kill him as retribution for “stealing” the birthright. It must have been quite frightful for Yaakov, who was known to be a person who preferred to stay in the tent, to not only head out on a long journey but to do so on his own. And as we know from the rest of the parasha and the book of B’reishit in general, the journey was anything but easy. Yes, he became a husband more than once and a father even more times than that, but life was never simple. Yet, Yaakov found his way as an adult and made it through even though his major entrance into adulthood was not by his choice. It reminds all of us that even when we get thrust into situations we might not feel prepared for, we too have the skills to handle it. The road might not always be easy, but just like Yaakov, we can handle it.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik