O holy Shabbes Inspiration VaYetzei

O holy Shabbes Inspiration Va-Yetzei
Maqam Ajam

Va-yetzei Yaakov me B’er Shava va-yei-leckh Haran-ah
And Jacob left from Beer Sheva and went toward Haran.
[in trope] — Gen. 28:10

When it is mentioned first leaving from a place
it means the place is diminished by the leaving
or a big person
leaves a big space behind her
him
her.

Him.

Va-yetzei Yaakov me B’er Shava va-yei-leckh Haran-ah
And Jacob left from Beer Sheva and went toward Haran.
[in trope] — Gen. 28:10

Here it’s him
it’s Jacob our ancestor
notice also that he is leaving specifically Beer Sheva
and he is going towards
in the direction of
Haran.
The hei at the ened Haran-ah
hei ha-me-ga-mah
the hei of direction.

He knows where he is leaving from
not sure where he is going to –
he has a direction but not exactly
destination.

You’re ________ years old
and you surely know what it is like
to leave somewhere
and not know exactly where
you are going

only the place where you have come from –
you must leave.

Va-yetzei Yaakov me B’er Shava va-yei-leckh Haran-ah
And Jacob left from Beer Sheva and went toward Haran.
[in trope]– Gen. 28:10

A direction
not a destination exactly
but a way towards.

Va-yetzei Yaakov me B’er Shava va-yei-leckh Haran-ah
And Jacob left from Beer Sheva and went toward Haran.
[in trope] — Gen. 28:10

This is the message I am picking up from Jacob leaving Beer Sheva
Be a big person
Try to be the kind of person that leaves a mark behind you when you leave
try to be the kind of person that has a direction.

Go toward it.

Va-yetzei Yaakov me B’er Shava va-yei-leckh Haran-ah
And Jacob left from Beer Sheva and went toward Haran.
[in trope] — Gen. 28:10

Then he had a dream
first a direction
then a dream

And he had a dream, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and top of it reached to heaven, and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And behold, God stood beside him, and said:

I am Adonai, the God of Abraham your father
and the God of Isaac.
[Gen. 28:12-13]

Abraham your father?
Isn’t Isaac’s Jacob’s father?

Did you know your grandfather?
There is a grandfatherliness
that is like a spiritual parenting
you might separate from your father
like Jacob separated from his father
your grandfather
your father
your grandfather
your father
you may become your grandfather’s child

and he went to sleep
and he was awakened
by thinking what he didn’t know

And Jacob awakened out of his sleep and he said, Surely there is God
in this place and lo yadati
. [Gen. 28:16]

Surely God is in this place and I, I didn’t know
my I didn’t know
there was no I
so much God no I
more God less I
surely there is God in this place and I
–I don’t know a darn thing.

Nothing.

Now I can learn the world
even God
maybe Nature
on its own terms

the world can break in on me
without interference —

the beginning of wisdom.