Section:  Avodah   Category: 13 Middos
Tomer Devora Midda 10: Emes L'Yaakov - The Average Jew

Yaakov represents the average Jew. Emes is the Midda of Yaakov. He does everything fairly like the law dictates but not L'fnim Mishuras HaDin. Yaakov was 100% faithful to Lavan yet devised a scheme to honestly and fairly profit. Yaakov also took the brachos from Eisav fairly. Yet in these two instances he did not go beyond the call of duty in letting them take what they did not deserve.

Fairly can have two meanings according to the Peirush V'Halachta B'Drachav on Tomer Devora. There is the letter of the law and the intent of the law maker. The fairness of Yaakov takes into account the intent of the law and not just the cold hard letter of the law. He then applies it with mercy. When a person behaves with this level of Emes, Hashem will judge him fairly and in the best possible light taking into account all mitigating factors.