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Righteous Indignation, And What It Ignores: VaYetze

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Where to begin this week? And, what can we learn from this week’s Torah portion, “VaYetze?”

The 44 souls (22 minors) whose homes Israel demolished on Wednesday in Luban, the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills? The communities whose water sources were cut off?

The some 200 grape vines destroyed and adjacent buildings demolished last night on Turmos Aya lands along the road that leads to the Adaei Ad and Geulat Tzion outposts?

The plant nursery in A Sawya that was broken into for the third time last night. (The police say that this time they caught a car with stolen goods.)

These, and many other awful byproducts of the Occupation this week are all worthy of further attention.

However, let’s take a look at our Torah portion. Jacob and his family seek to flee Laban, after working for him for twenty years. He does not know that his wife Rachel has stolen Laban’s idols. Laban chases after him. Jacob rashly proclaims that anything Laban can search his household, and anybody caught with the idols will be put to death. Rachel manages to elude detection, but dies soon afterward. Jacob is indignant. He proclaims,

“What is my crime, what is my guilt that you should pursue me? You rummaged through all my things; what have you found of all our household objects? Set it here, before my kinsmen and yours, and let them decide between us two. These twenty years I have spent in your service, your ewes and she goats never miscarried, nor did I feast on rams from your flock. That which was torn by beasts I never brought to you. I myself made good the loss; you exacted it of me, whether snatched by day or snatched by night. Often, scorching had ravaged me by day and frost by night; and sleep fled before my eyes….”

Without a doubt, Laban dealt........

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