13 Dec Attitude of Gratitude – Parshas Vayeitzei
Inspired by the teachings of Harav Yitzchak Ginsburgh and Rabbi Moshe Genuth
Eve’ s son Cain killed Abel . The first murder in the World. Eve then gives birth to another, a 3rd son and names him Seth (Shat – appointed) uttering the blessing of gratitude ‘ because G-d has granted (appointed) me another son ‘Seth’.
Because the world has become increasingly impure due to idolatry, sexual immorality, murder, thievery etc , the speaking of the Name of G-d was considered profane.
As a warning, there was first a smaller or partial flood, then the world underwent a transformation of purity with the Flood or Waters of Noah.
The first time in 22 generations (from Adam) where the Torah records a specific utterance to thank G-d is in Parshas Vayeitzei. The number 22 is significant as it is the letter Tav- , the final letter of the aleph-bet and contains within it all the powers of the letters that precede it. That of course includes all the letters used to create the Torah and the World. The letter Tav also has a significant gematria value of 400 which will soon be discussed.
Leah had prophecy to be able see the birth of Jewish Nation on a continuum to Mashiach. However she had not had the vision that she would be given the gift of a 4th son, Yehuda.
The name Yehuda contains all the letters of the tetragrammaton , the Name of G-d as Y-K-V-K (the only name in the Torah to do so) , plus the letter Dalet . Yehuda is Kingship and included with the Name of G-d , the letter Dalet is included in merit of King David. Indeed King David is an ancestor of Yehuda as is Mashiach . The name Yehuda also contains the letters of the sefirot Hod-thanksgiving.
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai said that ‘since creation, no one had ever thanked G-d [so specifically] until Leah’.Thus 22 generations from Adam and the birth of Seth, on the birth of her 4th son, Leah utters the words ‘This time, (the first time since creation, on the birth of this 4th [unexpected] son, from which will come Mashiach) I shall thank G-d.[specifically] )’.
We may not always see it but the gifts of G-d are all around us. Some big, some small, and as this concept from Vayeitzei teaches us, we must always be mindful to give thanks… specific thanks to G-d. We need to keep our eyes and our heart open and have a pro active attitude on gratitude.