Two Minutes of Torah | Vayishlah | Genesis 32:4-36:43

Guidance for our retirement accounts in this week’s Torah portion? “Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in it,” we read in Pirkei Avot. Rereading and rereading again our weekly Torah portion provides insights difficult to glean our first time through the text. A perfect example of this precept is found in this week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach. Detailing Jacob’s anxious preparations to reunite with his brother, Torah says: “Jacob was greatly frightened; in his anxiety, he divided the people with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps, thinking ‘If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, the other camp may yet escape.’”
David Kimhi, a 12th century French exegete, derives advice from this text that would please any financial planner: “The Torah teaches you the way of the world: one should not keep all one’s wealth in a single place.” Diversify, he says. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket! It’s advice that transcends Jacob’s family reunion. Turn it and turn it again…
– Rabbi Aaron Meyer

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