“I would have sent you away with joy, with songs — with the tambourine and the lute.”
None other than Lavan, Yakov Avinu’s treacherous father-in-law, spoke these words. His sincerity is small, we know — he is one of history’s great liars. Still, there is wisdom in his words. This is why the Torah records them.
“I would have sent you away with joy…” We live with other people. We interact with them. Then, suddenly, they leave our lives. We need to appreciate them while we have them — and we need to appreciate them when they leave. Then, when they leave us, it will be with our gratitude, with our good wishes. We will wish them every success.
We need to appreciate them while we have them — others add so much to our lives.
We need to appreciate them when they leave. We need to say, “If they are no longer around, this means I am entering a new era, a new realm of exploration and achievement — something exciting.”
Then, with our gratitude, we’ll wish them well — we’ll pray for their success as much as we pray for our own success. We’ll wish them every happiness in the world.
 Breishis 31.27
By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
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