Vayetze 5761

Tora - Torah

Parshat Vayetze 12 Kislev, 5761 December 9, 2000

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The Torah states, “And Jacob worked for Rachel for seven years; and it was in his eyes as a few days in his love for her” (Genesis 2920). When someone loves another, even a short time apart can seem like an eternity. How is it possible that seven years appeared to be a short time for Jacob? The Alschich teaches The seven years seemed like a few days in Jacob’s eyes AFTER he was married to Rachel. (This is the order of the words and events in the Torah.) His love and his happiness overshadowed and all but erased the pain of the seven years of work.

Now that I’m older, I understand that idea completely. It seems like only yesterday when I met and married Lillian and now anniversary #28 is coming up. It also seems like only yesterday when Benjamin was born and now he’s 24 and Second Degree Black Belt!

It seems like only yesterday that I got Black Belt (this is year #30!) or the rank of 1st Level Grand Master (and this is year #20!). What about the thousands of hours I spent (and spend) practicing? Because I love what I do, it seems to fly by.

Maybe we shouldn’t call it a workout… but a play-out.

Or, if you don’t love it, it’s a “work-out” and if you do love it it’s a “joy-in”.

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