Divrei Torah

PARSHAS VAYISHLACH 5778

In this week’s Parsha we read that Ya’akov helped his family across a body of water. Then, he went back to the other side and wound up in a wrestling match with the angel of Eisav. Why did Ya’akov go back? Rashi quotes the Gemara that Ya’akov forgot some small, insignificant jugs and went back to get them. But, why we would he go back for some insignificant items while preparing for a major battle with Eisav?

We say in Hallel, “the stone that the builders rejected became the cornerstone of the building.” “Little and insignificant” matters are often not so little and insignificant. One word of encouragement . . . a simple smile . . . a drink for one who is thirsty . . . can do wonders for a person.

Ya’akov went back across the river because perhaps those “insignificant” jugs had sentimental value to one of his wives or children. They might have made the jug with much sweat and tears or earned it through a good deed. It might be worthless to us, but it can be priceless to our relative or friend. Not everything has a value, but some items might be invaluable.