Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years
of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. —
Imagine how Jacob’s last 17 years on earth must have
felt to him. Even though he was in Egypt, out of the
Holy Land, he was together with his children and
grandchildren and their ever-growing families. Those
precious years were full of peace, abundance, and
godliness. Children, parents, and grandparents all
studied the Word of God together. In this week’s
Torah portion, Jacob truly lived. And as part of life,
he passed on his legacy to his descendants and died
surrounded by his loved ones.
Friends, we’ve just been through the holiday season,
spending time with family and friends. But why wait
just for the holidays to do this? It’s challenging to make
time for family get-togethers in today’s busy world, but
it’s worth the effort. Because in the end, family is what
truly matters in life.
Family, as Jacob knew, is life.
With prayers for shalom, peace,
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein