Two Way Vision

Nov 25th, 2010 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Portion of the Week
Judaism has always looked both backward and forward; we look to the past in order to learn how to direct ourselves toward the future. There are those who look to the past in an effort to recreate what once was, and they feel that is the only way to look forward.

We do not have to look much further than this week’s portion to determine that Jacob looked backward, he returned to the land where his father had sojourned, but focused on the future. In fact, even when he did not want to look too far into the future, God made sure that circumstances would force him to adjust his sights. Joseph was sold, the future was prepared and Jacob was guarding that future even when he had no idea what would happen.

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