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Section: Moadim   Category: Hagadah Shel Pesach
Tzei U'Lmad: Vilna Gaon - You Have No Idea
Go learn what Lavan wanted to do to us, says the Hagadah.  What does this have to do with the hagadah?  And what terrible things do we find that he wanted to do?

Rav Moshe Shternbuch brings the Vilna Gaon who says that this piece is a continuation of V'Hi She'amda.  We end V'Hi She'amda by saying that every generation the non-Jews want to destroy us but Hashem saves us.  Yet we see that Klal Yisroel often lives through peaceful and tranquil periods?  To this the Ba'al Hagadah tells us that we are sorely mistaken.  Look at Yaakov and Lavan.  When Yaakov ran away, Lavan came chasing him just to say good-bye, hug his grandchildren, and lament that he couldn't throw him a lavish good-bye party with a big orchestra, in Lavan's own words.  Yet we know the truth that Lavan hated him and chased him to kill him.  But in the middle of the night Hashem appeared to Lavan and warned him against causing Yaakov the slightest harm.

From here we see, says the Vilna Gaon, that in every generation even our best friends and protectors despise us and would prefer to destroy us.  Sometimes their plans are known to us and sometimes they are hidden behind a veil of friendship. Even if we foolishly think that it is our master diplomacy and great contribution to society that keeps us in their good graces, go look at Lavan who Yaakov turned into a very rich man and treated him with the utmost respect, to no avail as his jealousy and hate burned within him.  Learn from this that in every single generation without exception, it is only Hashem that protects us.
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