There are two episodes found at opposite ends of our parsha. At the beginning of the parsha, Yaakov leaves his father's house and heads toward Charan, whereas at the end of the parsha, Yaakov leaves Lavan's house and goes his own way.
There are clear similarities between
the two stories yet the differences are very striking. In both segments,
Yaakov leaves one place and goes somewhere else, but in the first story he
heads for a specific location, namely Charan, whereas in the second
account, Yaakov goes on his way, "bedarko", without a precise destination.
In the first segment, Yaakov moves and the place remains stationary - he
goes to the place. In the second segment, Yaakov is encamped and the
angels of God come to him. At the beginning of Vayetze, Yaakov emphasizes
that he is in the place of G-d, a permanent fixed and immovable place. On
the other hand, at the end of Vayetze, Yaakov discovers a portable
Shechina, an encampment of God.
After his travails with Lavan, Yaakov emerges unscathed. He has succeeded because he has internalized the Shechina - it goes wherever Yaakov goes. This Yaakov calls "Machanayim" - an encampment of God, not a house. Yaakov enters the galut of Charan with a vision of a fixed place for the Divine Presence that is forever with him wherever he might go. A person must internalize his religious experiences and create a dwelling place for the Shechina. In the galut, we pray towards Jerusalem to reach our spirituality - but in Eretz Yisrael our whole life is surrounded with Shechina wherever we go.
Rabbi Chanoch Yeres, Jerusalem