Parshas Vayeitzei: Rav Leib Chasman - Yaakov Wakes Up to a Nightmare
The Avos HaKedoshim invested every moment of their entire lives in building the foundation of the future Bnei Yisroel. They suffered and toiled, but despite all the trials and tribulations the let no one and nothing stand in their way.
Yaakov's peaceful life came to an abrupt halt when he was forced to flee the paradise of his parents home and run for his life out of Eretz Yisroel to his evil uncle Lavan. His future and thereby the future of the nation was in peril. To make things even worse, he was almost murdered in cold blood by his nephew Elifaz who instead robs him of everything but the shirt on his back and the staff in his hand. Penniless and alone, nightfall came and Yaakov lied down in the dangerous wilderness hoping to survive the night.
Behold, he had a dream! In his dream he sees Malachim scurrying about in great fanfare over him, as Hashem shows him a glorious future for his nation and promises him complete protection and success in his exile.
One would think that Yaakov Avinu would awake in the morning overcome with joy over what he had seen in his dream. No! says Rav Leib Chasman. Yaakov wakes up trembling with fear! It became apparent to him the he slept in a very holy place. Had he known this he would have never had the nerve to sleep there. If he had his way he would forfeit the dream and all the promises just not to sin however slightly and accidentally by sleeping in a holy place. He would have preferred to stay awake the entire night learning and davening rather than sleep and receive promises that his entire life work would become a reality. No dreams, aspirations, and lifetime achievements are worth the slightest insult to Hashem.