By Rabbi Label Lam
And Yaakov sent angels in front of him to Eisav his brother to the land
of Seir to the field of Edom. And he commanded them saying; "So you shall
say to my master to Eisav; So says Yaakov your servant; “I have lived with
Lavan and tarried till now and I have oxen and donkeys and sheep and
servants and maid servants and I am sending to my master to find grace in
your eyes…”(Breishis 32:3-5)
And Yaakov sent angels: Real angels! (Rashi)
It’s quite remarkable that Yaakov had such control over the angelic world
that he could direct them to represent him and speak on his behalf. Not many
people who have walked on this planet can make such a claim. It’s hard
enough for us to have control over our own actions, words, thoughts, and
emotions. Yaakov must have been a master of his world. The truth is that we
too produce angels daily and constantly.
The Nefesh HaChaim writes; “Every Jewish person should not say in his heart,
heaven forfend, ‘what am I and what impact do my lowly deeds have in the
world?’ Rather, he should understand that every minute detail of his
actions, and his speech, and his thoughts, each and every moment is not
lost! How powerful are his actions and very great and lofty too, for
everyone according to the root of his soul, to impact and effect in the
highest of heights, and the purest of lights. In truth, a man who is wise
and understands this clearly, his heart will tremble within him a great
shuddering when he considers his actions that are not good and how far they
reach to destroy and ruin with even a slight misstep…”
Everyone has power to release angels, extraordinarily productive and
destructive too! The Sefas Emes says that these are the angels sent by
Yaakov, and that according to the Zohar there are angels created from both
the Yetzer Hora and the Yetzer Tov! He states that the angels generated from
the Yetzer Hora can have more protective powers than those created from the
A person might just be sent into a panic mode with the power of the
information provided here. After all, one the things a person is not save
from each day, the Talmud tells us, is “bad thoughts”. What’s a person to do?!
Here is an important life-saving point. Imagine for a moment a player for
one of the famous sports teams is standing in his position, let’s say,
center fielder for the Yankees. A fan throws a Frisbee onto the field and he
jogs over casually to toss it back into the stands so no one will stumble on
it. Nobody will fault him for this Frisbee toss. However, if he starts to
have a catch with the left fielder, and during live game time, he’s a
candidate for bench warming.
It was once explained to me by a great person, that just as there are
arenas, and stages by which things come into reality, through “thought,
“speech” and “action”,so too in the world of thought there are levels, such
as “the “thought of thought”, the “speech of thought” and, the “action of
thought”.The same goes for the realm of speech and action as well. “I’ll
Based on this we can understand a very important question. “What is the
difference between crazy people and everybody else?” The answer is simple!
We don’t say everything we think! We don’t even develop every thought that
“pops up” on the screen of our mind. We have filters. Once something is
halted at the “thought of thought” and is prevented from entering the
“speech of thought” or the “action of thought”, we are then spared from its
harmful effects. However, a crazy person has a broken filter.
He may say whatever he thinks. Even more dangerously he can act on a wild
unscreened thought. When we hear about the depraved behavior of a lunatic
letting loose his fury, we can understand well that that what lost before
his sanity, was his filters.
DvarTorah, Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Label Lam and Torah.org.