November 23, 2023 / 10 Kislev, 5784 • Parshat Vayeitzei
Issue 796
Dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Miriam Friedman

Laban said to him, “If only I would find favor in your
eyes! I have learned by divination that it is on your
account that G-d has blessed me.” 

Gen. 30:27

The Torah teaches us that the Jewish people play a special, central role in G-d’s mission of making the world into His home. It is therefore natural that any facet of creation that assists the Jewish people in fulfilling their mission merits G-d’s blessings.

The Midrash notes that the presence of Jewish people in a place – especially the presence of Jews who are consciously loyal to their Divine mission – brings blessing to that place. Historically, the presence of the majority of the Jewish people in a particular country has brought prosperity and success to that country.

Thus, it is not enough for the Jewish people to merely make efforts to ensure that the government of whatever country they live in protects their religious rights. It is not even enough for the Jewish people to encourage the non-Jews to fulfill their own

Divine responsibilities – the seven Noahide laws. Besides all this, the non-Jewish population must be enlisted to help the Jews fulfill their Divine mission. This serves to bring blessing upon the entire country, as one.

--Daily Wisdom Volume 3