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Parshat Va’yeitzei – Bread and Water and Clothes

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Welcome to another exciting Parsha. As Rabbi Nachman said – the Parsha is about you and me. It Is Va’yetzei. Let’s learn and connect to what has kept the Jewish people alive and vibrant over the last 2000 years and is more relevant than ever.

So, When Dr. Moshe Rothkopt shared this beautiful insight it got me thinking that we take Food, Water, and Clothes for granted, and we are not conscious of the lack of basics necessities that a large proportion of the world does not have. So, in effect, Yaakov when asking for Food, Water, and Clothes, he was asking for an Important need. On the mystical level, He was asking for the whole world and future mankind.

Reb Shlomo said ”I never understood the significance of what Yaakov meant when he asked for bread to eat and clothes to wear until he met a man who survived concentration camp and Siberia. In concentration camp, he would trade whatever little clothes he had for a little bread to stay alive. In Siberia he would trade his food for clothes to stay alive. How he prayed that the food he had was for eating and the clothes he had was for wearing”

Thank God most of us in the 1st world Countries have what to eat. We probably do not really appreciate the Kindness and the gift that we have when we eat. Are we Mindful of this gift when we say a simple prayer before eating an Apple? Are we conscious of all the needed steps........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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