This past week was Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On these days, as well as many others, people buy things that they may not have bought otherwise, in stores or online. These events alone often result in jealousy.
To better explain this, I will share a parable, and then I will connect it to this week’s parsha.
Moshe comes home from school and sees his friend, Daniel, talking about what he got on Black Friday including all the gadgets he really didnt need. In the worst mood possible Moshe vows to never talk to his parents until he gets what he “needs”. Moshe needs to learn a valuable lesson that not everyone’s needs are equal and not everything your friend has, do you need.
In this week's parsha, Parshas Toldos, Yaakov and Esav were born. They were twins, but they weren’t similar. In fact, they were drastically different. Each twin had their own needs and desires, their own strengths and weaknesses. Yitzchak treated Esav in a different manner than he did Yaakov. The reason is because as mentioned above, no person is the same. No two people need the same treatment or experiences in their lives.
Situations like this happen every day in this generation and people don’t understand that you get what you need and not what you want. Every person wants what the other has without seeing the overall picture, just like Moshe and Daniel on Black Friday.
Just because you don't have something doesn't mean you are lacking. On the contrary, it means that you can survive without it. So too, if you do end up getting something, use it for the positive, because that is the reason you have it.
This lesson should help us change our perspectives and have a huge effect on the world. We should continue to grow in our own personal ways to speedily bring on the coming of Moshiach.
All the best
Avroham Y Ross