Sedra VaYeTze 120 Words.
YaAkov, Rashi explains, was seeking reassurance for what Gd’s promise, “I will not forsake you.” [28:15]
If I was promised by Gd that He would not forsake me, I would expect to win the lotto every year, perhaps the super lotto every couple of years.
But YaAkov asks Gd to keep His promise and not forsake him [28:20] asking only for bread and clothing. Rashi explains; one who must seek bread is “forsaken”.
There is something Gdly about minimalistic living. It is not a pledge to poverty. Neither is it about not bothering Gd for too much. It’s about living for an idea. Ideas cannot be extinguished, held prisoner nor held to ransom. Ideas do not require artificial, cosmetic support.
It’s about not being addicted to artificiality. It’s about being a complete being, in the image of Gd. It’s about being confident of one’s purpose and ambition, knowing one’s career in life, and being truly satisfied in pursuing that ambition. It’s about not being distracted by the noise and pageantry that goes on around us. Life that lacks clear goals, that lacks adequate purpose, is a torment. And to dull the pain, we seek distractions as an anesthetic.
Gd, do not forsake us, please help us understand and live YaAkov’s plea, “Bread to eat and clothes to wear”