You are Jacob. Your journey is from Be’er Sheva to Haran, from the wellspring of all souls down into this formidable world. In Jacob’s vow is the entire meaning of your life:

“If G‑d will be with me and protect me on this journey...

G‑d is always with you, shielding your soul.

...and provide me bread to eat...

The wisdom of Torah that you learn, digest, and assimilate in this world.

...and clothing to wear...

The mitzvahs within which you invest your entire being. So that in both these ways, you bring His light to shine in places where it has never shone before.

...and if I return to my father's house in peace...

You will journey as just another human being, immersed within the inner turmoil, the desires, the cravings, the pressures, the burdens, the passions, the anxieties, the fears, the utter noise and cacophony of a fragmented, confused universe—and, in that place, pull yourself back to inner peace.

How? By finding the Infinite G‑d in all these ways of humankind—eating, procreating, building a home, forging for your family a source of income—not abstaining from them, not running from them, but injecting them with your soul’s sense of divine purpose, rendering them, too, a way of knowing G‑d.

...then G‑d will be my G‑d…

Your soul will find peace within her most inner self, in the ultimate bond with the Infinite.

…and this stone that I have set as a monument will be the House of G‑d.” (Genesis 28:20)

And the world you entered will also be redeemed, until even the stones beneath your feet and the granite of the building in which you work will cry out, “We, too, are a place for the Infinite Light to dwell!”

You are Jacob, bearer of light, warrior of peace.

Maamar Padah B'Shalom 5738.