Posted by: mosesfromsinai | November 10, 2013

Vayeeshlach – And He Sent

This week’s Torah Reading is Vayeeshlach – And He Sent. Toward the end of the Torah Reading we read about the birth of the final 12th son of Yakov. Unfortunately, Rochel was to die giving birth. She died at the age of 36.

Before she passed away, as the child was coming out and she was informed it was a boy, she named the boy Ben Oni – the son of my mourning, a sad name. Yakov, using the same formant changed it to a positive name and called the boy,Ben Yamin – The son of my south or when facing east, Jerusalem, the south is the right hand, the symbolical strong hand. Thus this child also is called the son of my strength. It should be further noted that Benyamin was born in Israel, the only one of the 12 tribes and the Beis Hamikdosh was built in his portion.

This child did receive special treatment as we will later note that Benyamin does not go along to Egypt with his brothers on their first trip for food during the years of famine. Benyamin will later bond with Yehuda, the actual leader of the 12 sons, tribes. Yehuda will protect Benyamin as he promised his father, Yakov, with his very own life. Thus we will see that in the future, there are the 10 ‘missing-lost’ tribes and we have only Yehuda and Benyamin at present.

It will also be the offspring of Benyamin who will see to it that we survive in exile during the destruction of the 1st Beis Hamikdosh and lead to the building of the 2nd Beis Hamikdosh through Esther and Mordechai, Mordechai coming from the tribe of Benyamin.

The final step is for Yehuda to once again come through by bringing about the building of the 3rd and final Beis Hamikdosh.

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