This week’s Torah portion begins with the story of Yaakov approaching his brother Esau, who was coming to fight him.
Yaakov is standing after 22 years in exile, strong in his faith that he will be able to conquer his enemy. But we find something interesting. Although all prepared, Yaakov does not engage in war, realizing that the time has yet to come.
We see a contradiction here. On the one hand, Yaakov is starting to fight. On the other hand, it stops short and says it’s not the time until Moshiach comes.
And this is a powerful lesson for us.
This idea of both doing all you can and trusting G-d simultaneously applies to every moment and every situation in one’s life.
Our job is to do as much as we can, and at the end of the day, leave everything to G-d. The results are outside our hands, but we must still put in the effort.
We must work on ourselves to learn more Torah and do more Mitzvot.
It’s challenging and hard, but we need to try, and G-d will help us finish our job, with the coming of Moshiach now!
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