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Make an Impression!

By Rabbi Simcha Kirschenbaum
December 4, 2019

In this week’s Parasha Yaccov needs to run from his brother עשו, the Pasuk says וַיֵּצֵ֥א יַֽעֲקֹ֖ב מִבְּאֵ֣ר שָׁ֑בַע וַיֵּ֖לֶךְ חָרָֽנָה – And יעקב went out from Beer Sheva and he went to Charan. (כח:י).

Why does the Torah need to mention that יעקב departed Beer Sheva and went to Charan, simply say and יעקב went to Charan?

Rashi explains the relevance of the departure of a righteous man from a place, makes an impression, for while the righteous man is in the city, he is its beauty, he is its splendour, and he is its majesty. When he departs from there, its beauty has departed, its splendour has departed, and its majesty has departed, the Tzadiks departure makes an impression on the place, it’s lacking something.

The Kli Yakar asks why doesn’t the Torah write in this way regarding when אברהם and יצחק travelled from one city to another surely their impressions also went away?

Answers the Kli Yakar that with אברהם and יצחק it’s pretty obvious that the impression and impact they made went the Torah doesn’t need to tell us this. But with יעקב one might have thought that when he departed from his hometown one may say his departure doesn’t make a big impact, because there are still two Tzadikim left, יצחק and רבקה, therefore for this reason the Torah teaches us specifically here that also his departure made an impression.

יעקב in his way made a strong impression on his own rights. The Kli Yakar is teaching us that everyone in their own way can make an impression, no matter who you are, each person has a part of Hashem in them and has the power to make an impression and impact on another. People say “How can I make an impact one another, what can I do?” We do have the power to make an impact! Says Rav Desler in Michtav Meliyahu it is true that we need to impact our own spiritual growth and our own Aliya, but now that the Beit Hamikdash is destroyed one must make more efforts to go and make an impact on others. This can be achieved by even the simplest of Jews. One must do what they can.

Our Avot went from place to place with a mission to spread the word of ה’ and to encourage and have a positive impact and make a big impression on people. This trait is still very much alive and this power is within ever one of us.

Says the Chovat Halvavot any person who has an impact on someone to bring them closer onto the pathway of ה’ ones rewards are doubled.

May we be Zoche to be משפיע שפע רב בכל עולמו



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