In a world full of people flaunting what they have, the Parsha teaches us that we need to ‘be hidden’ and not show off what we have and increase jealousy and hatred.
Okay, first, a disclaimer: this is in no way me telling you that I know the reason why we’re going through difficult times or why mashiach has not come yet. Please, no, no, this is not at all what I want to tell you, but I want to share with you a Klei Yakar that says something very important that I think is applicable especially nowadays.
When Moshe is recounting our travels, he says that we passed Har Se’ir, which is the land of Eisav. And Hashem said “p’nu lachem tzafona”, turn towards the North.
The Klei Yakar says that the word “tzafona” can also be translated as “hidden”. Turn to be hidden.
What does that mean?
He explains that Hashem is teaching the Jewish people an important message that when you’re passing Har Se’ir, when you’re amongst Eisav, keep in mind, turn to be hidden.
You may be successful and you may be doing well, but don’t have the attitude of ‘if you got it, flaunt it’, because that is just going to incite jealousy and hatred toward us.
And he says even further that some people not only show what they have, but they display as if they have more than they have. And that’s definitely not the right thing to do with our success.
And he says, this is a cause for a lot of the difficulties that we’re experiencing. So this is not me telling you anything. This is not a message about what anybody is doing wrong, but it’s something important to keep in mind and wishing everybody much success and the wisdom to do the right thing with your success.
Have a great Shabbos.
Avraham Kohn produces marketing videos for companies and organizations, helping them make money.