Insights for the Younger Tzadikim
From the Sons of Yitzchak
Avinu (our Father Isaac) had two sons, twins.
Esav and Yaakov (Jacob) were not identical twins and
were very different people.
The Torah spells this out from the start with the
following at Bereshit (Genesis) Perek Chav-Hay (Chapter 25),
pasuk chav-zayin (verse 27):
27. When the boys grew up, it came to pass that Esav
was a man who understood hunting, a man of the field, and
Yaakov a single-minded man, dwelling in tents.
what do you think it means that Yaakov was a single-minded
man? And what
does the Torah mean when it says "dwelling in
find the answers, we have to turn to our Sages who tell us
that Yaakov always had his mind on God, and what God
expected of him. With a little thought, we can see that dwelling in tents is
just as obvious. In
these days, schools were not made of brick or lumber.
They were tents.
Thus, we can see that Yaakov was dedicated to God and
to learning - the highest of ideals.
a bit complex, Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch, has some wonderful
thoughts for us that talk about how precious Judaism is.
Judaism teaches that all of us should learn to grow
in our own way with the thought that we should "bring
up each child in accordance with its own way."
Rav Hirsch tells us that we are individuals, with
different strengths and talents, and that when we learn to
grow with our minds toward what we do best, we are living in
the Jewish way. Judaism
expects us to be the best that we can be.
We may not all be the same.
We are not all the same.
But we can all be good people doing our best to live
as Jews and this is exactly what God wants from us.
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