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Laban’s Gasconade

“Presumption is our natural and original malady. The most vulnerable and frail of all creatures is man, and at the same time the most arrogant (Michel de Montaigne).” We have been tracing Jacobs steps as he sets out with his “Two Way Vision,” to reverse the...

The Character in the Storm

“Talents are better nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).” We have been accompanying Jacob as he traces backwards the steps of his life in this life-defining portion, “Jacob Lived,” as his mission to...

Power of Softness

“Softness triumphs over hardness, gentleness over strength . The flexible is superior over at the immovable. This is the principle of controlling things by going along with them, of mastery through adaptation (Lao-Tzu).” “Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and...

Strength from Brokenness

“I had not always believed that strength could come from brokenness, or that the thread of a divine purpose could be seen in tragedy. But I do now (Max Cleland).” (“Seven Levels of Teshuva: Avraham and Healing”) The Torah uses a single verse to teach us...

Not Waiting for the Monument

"Man, born of woman, is short-lived and full of trouble. Like a flower that springs up and fades, swift as a shadow that does not abide, even so he wastes away like a rotten thing; like a garment that the moth has consumed (Job 14:28).” “To...

A Different Sort of Fear of Life

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time (Mark Twain).” “Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. When the time drew near...

Playing Her Way Into Eden: Questions:

They prepared Jacob for the news that Joseph was alive; fearing that a sudden announcement might shock and harm Jacob, the brothers sent one of his granddaughters, Serach daughter of Asher, to prepare him. She played her harp, singing gently that Joseph was still alive...

Ever Since Adam and Cain Part Two

People have been having difficulty finding their place ever since Adam and Cain. Adam was sent out from the safe environment of the Garden into a strange world. God told Cain, “You shall become a vagrant and wanderer on earth.” (Genesis 4:12) Abraham wandered for many...