Leaving Beer Sheva
As a result of Yitzchak's command that Yackov marry a women from his family, he left that very day from Beer Sheva, leaving a large vacuum and taking with him its beauty, majesty and spender, for now it lacked its righteous resident. Yackov ran away in a hidden way, leaving with the intent to go to Charan and get married. On the way Yackov hid in the House of Ever for 14 years. Part of this time he hid in the House of Shem.
Yackov arrived at the location of Mount Moriah, where his descendants would later pilgrimage to three times a year., The mountain having moved towards him He prayed there establishing the nightly prayer of Mariv. Yackov 'collided' to a deeper grasp of the essence of Har Hamoria then Avraham who had just 'seen it from afar'
Yackov lodged there because the sun had set suddenly and extinguished, not at its usual time, in order that he should sleep there. The early setting of the sun also alluded to Yackov about the physical and spiritual suffering of the darkness of the exiles that would descend upon his descendants, sometimes while all seemed to be going well.
He took some of the stones of the place and placed them surrounding his head like a drainpipe out of fear of wild beasts. 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. 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.
As Yackov lay down in that place, the stones started quarreling with one another, each wanting the Tzadik to lay his actual head on them. Hashem therefore transformed the stones into a single stone.
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, were first ascending the ladder. Then he saw the angles of Diaspora descending upon it, to escort him. The ladder also alluded to a persons spiritual journey where he must climb level by level. At the same time he must go though many ascents and descents and the descents are a prerequisite of transcending to the next level.
Hashem was standing over him, to guard him. Hashem said that He was the Lord, G-D of his father Avraham and G-D of Yitzchak. Although Hashem does associates His name with the righteous during their lifetimes for He does not believe even in His holy ones until they prove themselves to the day of their passing, nevertheless, here He associated His name with Yitzchak because his eyes had become dim and he was confined in the house and was therefore like a dead person, the evil inclination having ceased. Hashem folded up the entire Eretz Yisroel under Yackov, alluding to him that it would be easily conquered by his children and promised him that the land which he was lying upon He would give to his descendants. Hashem blessed Yackov that his descendants will be like dust of the earth and he should gain strength westward, eastward, northward and southward. Through him and his descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
Hashem promised to be with Yackov and guard him wherever he goes and that he should not be afraid of Esav and Lavan. Hashem will bring him back to Eretz Yisroel and will not forsake him until He did everything He spoke for the benefit of Yackov and concerning him. This included all the blessings given to Avraham and his descendants, as these were promised for Yackov and not for Esav as Hashem promised it to part of Yitzchaks descendants and not all of them.
Yackov awoke from his sleep and said that indeed Hashem was in this place and he did not know it. Had he known it Yackov would not have slept in such a holy place.
Crossing the Jordan River
Yackov placed his staff in the river and it split into two, allowing him to cross.
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.
- ^ a b c Rashi Berashis 28:10
- ^ a b c d e f Baal Haturim Berashis 28:10
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Rashi Berashis 28:11
- ^ a b Baal Haturim Berashis 28:11
- ^ a b c Likutay Halachos, Yoreh Deah, Shiluach Haken 5
- ^ Likutay Halachos, Choshen Mishpat, Pikadon 3
- ^ a b c d e Rashi Berashis 28:12
- ^ a b c Rashi Berashis 28:13
- ^ Rashi Berashis 28:14
- ^ a b c d e Rashi Berashis 28:15
- ^ Rashi Berashis 28:17
- ^ Rashi Berashis 32:11