Parashat Vayetzei

By Rabbi Shlomo Zargari: Shalom, at the end of our parasha, we have the episode of the escape of Yaakv Avinu from Haran and Lavan. After using Yaakov and tricking him on everything from work to marriage, he changed his wages 100 times just to leave him penniless and took away everything he had. When Yaakov found an opportunity to escape, Lavan pursued him in order to murder him and his family. When Hashem intervened and appeared to him in the middle of the night to warn him not to do anything to Yaakov, Lavan caught up to Yaakov and searched all of his tents and suitcases and everything he owned and then fabricated the accusations that Yaakov stole his idol!!!

At this point, the son-in-law loses his patience and gets frustrated and angry! What would any person do in this story? How would they react to all of these atrocities and unfair behavior and treatment???

What did Yaakov Avinu say?

וַיִּ֥חַר לְיַעֲקֹ֖ב וַיָּ֣רֶב בְּלָבָ֑ן וַיַּ֤עַן יַעֲקֹב֙ וַיֹּ֣אמֶר לְלָבָ֔ן מַה־פִּשְׁעִי֙ מַ֣ה חַטָּאתִ֔י כִּ֥י דָלַ֖קְתָּ אַחֲרָֽי:

In his anger and frustration he says: “What is my crime and what is my guilt that you chased me?”

All he does is show he is bitter and asks for an explanation…

The “Or Hahayim Hakadosh “ explains the above mentioned pasuk, “Yaakov was angry, he fought with Lavan.” Meaning to say, no one could discern the anger or the fighting, except for Lavan. From the tone and the wording that Yaakov used at the time of his anger, we can understand how Yaakov Avinu treated and respected and behaved towards Lavan all the years that he was mistreated by his father-in-law. Until now, he had enough and finally let out his anger….

Shabbat Shalom