Parshas Vayeitzei

“Ya’akov Avinu…went to his destination in order to extend the greatness of HaShem’s Presence even to a place where His Presence was hidden.

When the “I” is Silent

“…Less than prayer changes the world, it changes us. The Hebrew verb lehitpalel, meaning ‘to pray,’ is reflexive, implying an action done to one- self. Literally, it means ‘to judge oneself.’ It means, to escape from the prison of the self and see the world, including ourselves, from the outside. Prayer is where the relentless first person singular, the ‘I,’ falls silent for a moment and we become aware that we are not the centre of the universe. There is a reality outside. That is a moment of transformation.