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    Jacob & the jar – Vayyishlach

    On the way home after years of absence, Jacob was levado, by himself, and a man struggled with him all night (Gen. 32:25).

    There is a Midrash which reads levado as lekado, “for his jar”. Jacob was obsessed with the thought of the cans and containers which he had left behind, and fretting over these articles slowed him down and delayed him.

    Why was he so concerned about the items he had left behind? Not because his pockets would be empty but because he needed his possessions in order to afford to give charity in the new environment in which he was about to settle.

    When a person moves from one place to another, his first thought must be to resume his spiritual and ethical life.

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