Parashat Vayetzei

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Leaving Beer Sheva

As a result of Yitzchak's command that Yackov marry a women from his family,[1] he left Beer Sheva, leaving a large vacuum and taking with him its beauty, majesty and spender, for now it lacked its righteous resident.[1] Yackov left with the intent to go[1] to Charan.

Har Hamoria

Yackov arrived at the location of Mount Moriah,[2] the mountain having moved towards him[2] He prayed[2] there establishing the nightly prayer of Mariv.[2] Yackov 'collided' to a deeper grasp of the essence of Har Hamoria then Avraham who had just 'seen it from afar'[3]

Yackov lodged there because the sun had set suddenly not at its usual time,[2] in order that he should sleep there.[2] He took some of the stones of the place and placed them surrounding his head like a drainpipe[2] out of fear of wild beasts.[2] For the first time in 14 years Yackov lay down to sleep, as all the years he served in the House of Ever, he would sleep sitting since he was engaged in Torah study.[2] Although for years he had pushed sleep out of his eyes, that was because he was serving Hashem through his mind via Torah study. However now Yackov was in a location that emanated from the 'Vacated Space' and there it is impossible to survive based on mental worship and only via pure Emunah faith. Therefore for the first time in 14 years he went fully to sleep, as when one sleeps he negates his mind and relies only on faith.[4]

As he lay down in that place, the stones started quarreling with one another, each wanting the Tzadik to lay his actual head on them.[2] Hashem therefore transformed the stones into a single stone.[2]

Yackov had a dream and saw a ladder set up on the ground and its top reached to heaven. On it the angels of Hashem who who escorted him in Eretz Yisroel and were not able to leave the Land,[5] were first[5] ascending the ladder. Then[5] he saw the angles of Diaspora[5] descending upon it, to escort him.[5]

Crossing the Jordan River

Yackov placed his staff in the river and it split into two, allowing him to cross.[6]

Escape from Lavan

When the forces of evil attack a person and he fights back, not only is he able to recover the energy they stole from him, he is able to extract energy that was buried deep inside of them from what they had previously captured. Therefore when Yaakov battled Lavan he was able to extract from him massive amounts of holy energy that manifested as his four wives, the twelve tribes and great wealth.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Rashi Berashis 28:10
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Rashi Berashis 28:11
  3. ^ Likutay Halachos, Yoreh Deah, Shiluach Haken 5
  4. ^ Likutay Halachos, Choshen Mishpat, Pikadon 3
  5. ^ a b c d e Rashi Berashis 28:12
  6. ^ Rashi Berashis 32:11
  7. ^ Likutay Halachos, Hilchos Ginava 5/9-11
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