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    Obedience in advance – Vayyishlach

    A Hebrew rhyme says Im Lavan gar’ti v’taryag mitzvot shamar’ti – “With Laban I dwelt and I kept the 613 commandments”.

    Laban had little connection with God and religion. It was a triumph for Jacob to keep the mitzvot in his house.

    It happens today even more: people who keep up religious observance regardless of the indifference or active opposition of the family.

    The Jacob story has an extra problem – why keep commandments which were not yet officially given?

    Some people have the instinct to discern the will of God even without being told – truly a high rank in spirituality.

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