Yaakov prepares himself
for his meeting Eisav in three ways. He prays to G-d, he sends Eisav
a present, and he prepares his family for battle. During and after
this preparation, the Torah tells us that Yaakov went to sleep [chapter
32, verse 14]. The question arises: in last week's Parsha, we are
told by Rashi [chapter 28 verse 11] that for fourteen years, Yaakov
did not sleep; he was learning Torah day and night by Shem and Eiver.
Obviously, if the Torah points out to us that he slept, there must
be a lesson for us in these words. Secondly, how was it possible
for Yaakov to sleep? His brother is coming to kill him! Would we
be able to sleep the night before a showdown?
is teaching us what faith is all about. We are not in control of
everything that happens around us. What we are required to do is
everything within our means. Beyond that, it's in the hands of G-d.
Yaakov did everything humanly possible to prepare for Eisav. Now,
it's in the hands of G-d. He has no more worries. It's no longer
in Yaakov's hands. He can go to sleep in peace, knowing he did his
part. There's no use worrying about something you have no control