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The Ladder of Yaakov- Dream or Reality?
By: Rav Yechezkel Yakovson
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Perhaps this unique ladder represents Yaakov himself. On one hand, he dwelled in tents (yoshev ohalim)- Yaakov's head was involved in lofty intellectual pursuit. Yet, the ladder was entrenched in the ground. Yaakov was forced to confront the complicated situations that abound in this world.
Yaakov was subject to the decree to endure an exile; far removed from his father's home. Yet, precisely in such an environment he established and built the House of Israel.
In the estate of Lavan, the prototypical swindler and unscrupulous businessman, Yaakov displayed honesty and dedication. While guarding the flocks of Lavan, Yaakov was subject to extreme heat during days, bitter cold at night and rarely slept. Each difficulty and test was utilized by Yaakov as a springboard to attain additional spiritual heights. Indeed, he wrestled with angels and men and was victorious.
Even if one is not physically in the Torah tents of Shem, all opportunities to sanctify the Name of Hashem must be capitalized upon. Be it in the IDF or the workforce, each difficulty is to be approached as a challenge and as a ladder to climb on to reach exalted heights.
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