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« on: May 12, 2008, 11:17:50 AM »

In Parshat Vayeitzei Ya'akov must go to Charan, the place of galus, with its lack of morality. Lavan is the symbol for this power-hungry society. Yet it is through his travels through this land of strife and difficulties that Ya'akov emerges as the great Yisroel, who can fight with rulers and angels and succede. Ya'akov embedded in us the ability to live in any place and still be successful Jews.
Rav Soloveitchick says that this idea of ma'aseh avot siman libanim is the reason why Ya'akov and Yosef had to be exiled from their homes. Ya'akov had to show that it would be possible for Jews to live as poor wanderers, oppressed and downtrodden and yet to create a beautiful Jewish family. Yosef had the oposite experience of galus - in Egypt he was at the apex of society, wealthy and esteamed. And yet this too is a challenge for the Jew, the challenge of wealth is sometimes even greater than the challenge of poverty. But Yosef showed that it is possible for Jews to go through this and still stay a tzadik.
We have it in us to be able to survive galus, whether it's a galus of opression or a galus of success, we must rise to the challenge and remain a goy kadosh.
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