Posted by: mosesfromsinai | November 30, 2014

Vayeeshlach – And He Sent

This week’s Torah Reading is Vayeeshlach – And He Sent.  in this week’s reading I was left with a question that I still have no answer for.

At the very end we read the children Esav had.  Listed is Eliphaz who was the first born.  He grew up with his Zaddie, Yitzchak.  Thus we are told, when his father sent him to kill his uncle Yakov, Esav’s twin brother and the son of his Zaddie Yitzchak, Eliphaz refused.  He worked it out with Yakov to take all of Yakov’s money and possessions he had with him as a poor impoverished person is considered sort of dead.

Eliphaz will connect with Timna, a woman of chiefs who is willing to just be his concubine.  Women wanted to connect to the family of Abraham.  We saw that with Hagar who left her father’s home to be a servant to Avraham and Sarah.  Her father just happened to be Pharoh King of Egypt.

Thus Eliphaz is special as is Timna, both in a very positive way.  Yet if we read further, we see they produced the worst of the worst, Amalek.  Amalek  is the Number#1 enemy of the Jewish Nation.  This was shown when they came out to battle the Jewish Nation on route to Mt. Sinai to receive the Torah.  The Amalek nation was not impressed or concerned with the miracles the Al-mighty had performed in killing the Egyptians.  Amalek came out and attacked.  They were defeated, but they remained the Number#1 enemy of the Jewish Nation.  Haman, a descendant of Amalek, also tried to destroy the Jewish Nation, and so we celebrate Purim, as again we survived and won that battle.

The final battle will come with Moshiach, the redeemer of the Jewish Nation, and Amalek will be destroyed.

The question remains, however,  Why Amalek, who came from such positive parents would end up being the biggest villain and enemy of the Jews.  Based on his childhood, he was sort of neglected by the rest of Esav’s family as Amalek was the child of just a concubine, you would think his number one hatred would be for the descendants of Esav, today’s Rome or Italy.  That did not happen.

Perhaps, it may be that Amalek saw that Esav was sort of rejected by his mother, Rivka and ultimately by his father, Yitachak, that he related to Esav’s emotional wounds.  He thus blamed Rivak and Yitzchak, founders of the Jewish Nation for his own rejection, and hated the Jewish Nation, Rivka and Yitzchak’s chosen favorite.

Whatever the case may be, this will be resolved when Moshiach comes.  May it be immediate


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