Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thursday's Parsha Tidbits - Parshas Vayishlach

The following is a brief summary of some of thoughts said over by R' Frand on the parsha this evening. I have attempted to reproduce these vorts to the best of my ability. Any perceived inconsistency is the result of my efforts to transcribe the shiur and should not be attributed to R' Frand.

R' Frand said a vort which he indicated he had said 17 years prior and he did not remember, but the prior weekend he met a former Talmid (Phil Bogart) who reminded him of it.

In Bereishis 32:11 Ya'akov says "Katonti" - I am unworthy of all the good things that You have done for me Hashem.

The words HaYarden Hazeh is odd since the use of the word Hazeh is used when the speaker is discussing something which is in front of you and unless Ya'akov was standing on the banks of the Yarden there would be no reason to say HaYarden Hazeh.

The student told R' Frand that when he previously told the vort he had said that the use of the HaZeh is a hint to the key about how to be makir tov - appreciative of what he previously had. Ya'akov made reference to the Yarden as if it was before him because he remembers of what he was like at the time. At the time that Ya'akov first crossed the Yarden he had nothing, he was running away from his brother and had just been robbed of all of his possessions. Now he had four wives, eleven sons and many possessions. Ya'akov showed his HaKaras HaTov by viewing it as if he was back in that state of being penniless. That is truly being a makir tov.

R' Frand remarked that this is a continuation of a prior theme he had said about the proper way to be makir tov by remembering the prior status - click here for the vort http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2016/11/thursdays-parsha-tidbits-parshas-vayera.html.

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