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Torah Reading for this week relates the confrontation between our forefather,
Jacob and his brother Esau.
34 years Jacob had avoided his brother`s revenge for taking the blessings right
out from under his brother`s nose so many years ago.†He was now returning
to face the music at the age of 97 years old, married to four wives and after
having fathered 11 of the 12 tribes.
Aveinu (our Forefather Jacob) is told that Eisav (Esau) is coming with an army
of 400 men. Yaakov prepares for this meeting with three tactics; by appeasing
Eisav with gifts, with tefila (prayer) and if necessary, to wage war.
This preparation is described in the posuk; Bereishis 32:8-9, Then Yaakov
was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him,
and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, in two camps. And said, If Esiav
comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the other camp which is left shall
Boruch Halevi Epstein zt`l asks,†
was Yaakov so confident that ruthless Eisav would only attack one camp and not
both? He answers that Yaakov was confident that his tefilos would help since as
the Midrash says; Tefila helps (in every case, at least) halfway.†So he was
therefore confident that at least half his family would survive.
is a lesson behind this. Many times we daven and we don`t see
results. We must know however, that EVERY tefila makes its mark in Heaven.
Hashem has things planned out in a precision-perfect way. The results may come
in a form other than we would have wanted. But we can still rely on this
guarantee that a sincere tefila will at least accomplish halfway.