The dialogue between Yakov Avinu and Lavan, is quite shocking. Lavan admits that Yakov’s G-d appeared to him in a dream. Had he not been told to leave him alone, he could have caused him great harm.

It is amazing that despite Lavan being shown, that Yakov’s G-d exists and is true, it does not change him from being the evil person he was. This only proves that when people are set in their ways and beliefs, even a revelation by Hashem, Himself, will not change them.

Years ago, Rav Meir Kahane would begin his speeches, with the following. “Anyone who has witnessed the events beginning in 1948, and does not see the Hand of G-d, is not a scoffer, he is not a non-believer. He is blind.”

We must learn from this incident of Lavan and Yakov, to be open to let in truth. We are living in incredible times. The rebirth of the Jewish nation has taken place right before our eyes. A country that did not exist before 1948, exerts great influence on the world. We see an ingathering of Jews from all over the world. We see more Torah study than that which existed two thousand years ago. And we see numerous prophecies fulfilled.

We must not be blind as Lavan was. He was shown the truth of G-d, and it did not change him. We, who are privileged to see G-d’s hand daily, must be awakened to appreciate the gift of the State of Israel. We should all live here, and do everything in our power, to strengthen this precious gift.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for more than twenty years. He has been teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach, Old Katamon, Jerusalem, for the nearly seventeen years. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles.