the wild animals

HaShem settled us in the Holy Land slowly, lest the wild animals become numerous and overwhelm us.

This is the secret of coming close to HaShem. When we grow in holiness gradually, with humility and patience, then we will inhabit the whole 'Land,' the entirety of our spiritual portion/potential.

But if we try to rush, the wild animals, the yetzer hara of ego and hunger, will grow too strong and overpower us.

This is why Yaakov's path, as a sincere student dwelling in the house of Torah was successful, and why l'havdil, Esav's path of action, a man of the field, was unsuccessful.


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