(Haftara: Hoshea 12:13-14:10)
1. [28:12] “…a ladder was standing on the ground and its head reached Heaven…” One interpretation of this prophetic dream is that this represents a Jew’s ideal frame of mind– feet on the ground, but head in spirituality. Others say that the ideal is to always be spiritual and not relate much to this world. Which do you think is the Jew’s ideal state of mind?
2. [29:25] Lavan tricked Ya’akov by giving him Laya as a wife instead of Rachel. Then Lavan told Ya’akov that he must work 7 more years for Rachel. Ya’akov did not protest. Does this show his righteousness, or is it a flaw in his character?
3. [29:32] “…now my husband will love me.” Laya yearned so much for Ya’akov’s love. Some of our commentators see Laya as a very sensitive and a very spiritual person. Did her longing for Ya’akov contribute to these qualities? In Chassidut, longing for God or for goodness is considered a positive quality. What are the positive effects of yearning and what are the negative effects of yearning?
4. [31:27] “…and you did not tell me…” Why didn’t Ya’akov tell Lavan that he and his family were leaving?
5. [Hosea 13:6] “They were filled, and their heart was exalted/Therefore they have forgotten Me”. Does being satisfied necessarily mean that one forgets God?
[31:18 ] “And he lead all the cattle and all the property that he had gathered…”
Ya’akov was in charge and he led all the property. He controlled the physical things in his life. This was in contrast to those who allow their physical property and physical desires to control them.
–R. Yisroel Taub, Modzitz Poland, (1849-1920).
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