Leaving the land of Israel, Jacob makes deal with God: if You get me back home, I promise to build a house for You and offer tithes. Why these two promises? On the run from his brother, Jacob was now penniless and fleeing God's land. At this time, he was unable live in God's presence or give charity. Therefore, he promised to God that if He gave him the opportunity to do those things once more, he would do them – and he did. Like Jacob, sometimes we're not in a situation to live in an optimal way, but that does not mean we should give up striving and hoping that things will change for us.