Section: Galus & Geula   Category: Galus
Parshas Vayeitzei: Rav Elyashiv - We Came Home To Eretz Yisroel, Did We Need To Steal From The Goyim On The Way?
Lavan catches Yaakov who fled his home to go back to Eretz Yisroel. Lavan says to Yaakov "Im Nichsof Nichsafta L'Bais Avicha"; I understand your desire and motivation to return home to your parents but.. "Lama Ganavta Es Eloihoi", why did you steal my Idols on the way. That was spiteful and for this I don't forgive you.

Rav Elyashiv said many years ago that this applies to the situation in Eretz Yisroel. After many long years living among the Goyim in Galus, Hashem brought us back home to Eretz Yisroel to be with our Father. By why when we left the Galus did we need to "steal" all the "avodah zara" the foreign culture, and bring it back to Eretz Yisroel with us?  We always said "How can we sing Hashem's songs in foreign lands" then why now do we live to the tune of foreign songs in Hashem's land?