In this week's portion, Vayigash, God promises Jacob that God will accompany him down into Egypt, and that God will bring him forth again.
In my brief d'var over at Radical Torah, I look at that verse through the lens of my recent hospitalization:
I find myself on Friday morning with a new interpretation of the verse. This week I had my own yeridah, my own descent, into an unexpected hospital stay. This isn’t the place to tell that story. What I want to say here is that the need to trust in God despite the many unknowns in my situation gives me, perhaps, a hint of how Jacob might have felt at this moment in our story.