Parshas Vayishlach - Engaging The Modern World
Immediately before Yaakov Avinu's confrontation with Eisav he returns across the river for pachim ketanim, small jugs. Why in this critical moment does Yaakov go back for something of such little value? And why now does he do battle with the Malach of Eisav?
In this shiur, Rav Burg explains how Jews are designed to confront the world around us. Should we disengage and close ourselves off from the spiritually dangerous world? Should we embrace the outside world and risk being spiritually diminished? What does the Torah demand from us?