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This week's Dvar Torah, Parshat Vayetzei, teaches us why it is necessary to overcome the challenges that are presented before us. Throughout this Torah portion, we discuss how Jacob was able to overcome 14 years of hardships and how important it is for us to never give up.
In this week's Dvar Torah, we are introduced to Sarah and Abraham, an elderly couple who have never had children of their own. Finally, when Sarah is 90 years old, she is told that she will be able to have children. The message throughout the parsha relates to how we, as a community, have had to wait for a long time, for the return of in-person gatherings and events. We learn through Sarah's journey that good things come to those who are patient.
Parshat Bamidbar is all about being faithful to G-d, and doing the right thing. The Israelites worked together and relied on each other to make it to the holy land, as they tested G-d. We must always think of others, lend a helping hand, and always do the right thing to achieve success in our own lives in that same way.
Parshat Behar is about letting the land rest so that it may be fruitful. This is similar to our own lives because we have had to learn to rest and slow down this past year. It is important to learn how to rest, and there are many lessons we can use moving forward when returning to a sense of normalcy.
This week, Parsha Beshalach is about Moses' connection with G-d, and asking him to part the sea, and provide them with food and water. We learn that sometimes it only takes one person to begin a task and receive help from G-d, but they have to attempt a task or else they will never know.
Parshat Bo follows the plagues unleashed in Egypt, and how they could have been avoided all together if Pharaoh had freed the Israelites instead of feeding his own self-interest. If we all make small changes to benefit others instead of ourselves, we can make a big difference in our quality of life and the world as a whole.
This week's parsha is when Moses learns he must act as a messenger for G-d, to get the Israelites out of Egypt. He does not initially view himself as a leader, but he learns that G-d will support him and everyone who puts in work and effort. This applies to issues we are facing now such as racism and anti-Semitism, because we have an obligation to help as Jews and as messengers.