Posted by: mosesfromsinai | November 22, 2015

Vayeeshlach – And He Sent

This week’s Torah Reading is Vayeeshlach – And He Sent.

Towards the end of the Torah Reading we have the Al-mighty give Yaakov the name Yisroel (Israel),  with the promise that the land which was given to Avraham and Yitzchak would belong to him, Yisroel (Israel) and his children.  (Please note the name Mr. Palestine was not used, that name is invented much, much later by the Romans.)

The name Yisroel is composed of the concept Yud, the first letter of the Al-mighty’s name, already a sign of holiness; Sar, which means officer; Kale, one of the Al’mighty’s names in Hebrew, thus referring to Yaakov as an officer in the Al-mighty’s army whose job it is to fight the Al-mighty’s battles in making this world a place that recognizes the King of the World and Creator of the World by the usage of words and teaching. (Remember that Yaakov spent 14 years learning Torah before he got married which would allow him to maintain his own identity in exile and also influence others around him.)

The use of physical violence, or war, is for self preservation as is happening now and as happened during the time of the Greeks, when we finally celebrated Chanuka and rededicated our holy temple.

We are the children of Yisroel.  It is our job to educate the world and create an awareness for the King and Creator of the world.  We have had some success in this. (At the UN, it may be a different story).  However our job is not done until the 3rd Temple will be built and the Al-mighty’s presence, so to speak, will be seen by all.

 

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