Imagine Jacob journeying to the Holy Land with his entire family and all of his possessions—animals and slaves—in an effort to dwell there. When Jacob discovered he had left a few small, empty jugs on a riverbank, it would have been entirely acceptable if he had written them off as a loss given their enormous imprint. In the grand scheme of things, leaving them behind makes total sense.
But nothing and nobody are inconsequential in Jacob's eyes. Everything has a reason for existing. So he personally returned to retrieve the misplaced jugs. Because he understood that he would have to do it himself if he wanted it done properly, he didn't send a child or a servant.
Let's follow in Jacob's footsteps by paying close attention to even the smallest details in our surroundings and using everything at our disposal—including a tiny, empty jug—to get the world ready for the arrival of Moshiach. May that happen soon, in our days.
Light Shabbat candles (NYC) at 4:10 PM