Thursday, February 09, 2006

Shevet Binyamin and Amona

The Gemara in Sota (36:-37.) says:

היה ר"מ אומר כשעמדו ישראל על הים היו שבטים מנצחים זה עם זה זה אומר אני יורד תחלה לים וזה אומר אני יורד תחלה לים קפץ שבטו של בנימין וירד לים תחילה שנאמר (תהילים סח) שם בנימין צעיר רודם אל תקרי רודם אלא רד ים והיו שרי יהודה רוגמים אותם שנאמר (תהילים סח) שרי יהודה רגמתם לפיכך זכה בנימין הצדיק ונעשה אושפיזכן לגבורה שנאמר (דברים לג) ובין כתפיו שכן


Rabbi Meir would say, "When Israel stood at the sea, the tribes were outdoing each other by this one saying "I will go first to the sea" and this one saying "I will go first to the sea". Thereby, the tribe of Binyamin jumped and descended to the sea first, as it says (Tehillim 68) "שם בנימין צעיר רודם" - do not read it as רודם, but rather "רד ים" (he descended in the sea). And the officers of Yehuda were stoning them, as it says (in the next verse) "שרי יהודה רגמתם". Therefore, Binyamin the righteous had the merit of being the host territory for the Al-mighty (the strip of land for the Beit Hamikdash was in the territory of Binyamin), as it says (Devarim 33) "ובין כתפיו שכן".


(The Radak on Shmuel I 15:17 has a slight variation on this.)

Binyamin started the unthinkable. Everyone wanted to jump in the sea, but Binyamin had the guts to just do it. They preceded everyone in having the Emuna in Hashem and Moshe, His servant, and took action in their beliefs.

Is it any wonder that Amona is in the Binyamin region? שם בנימין צעיר רודם - there, in the Binyamin region, were the youth doing what the tribe of Binyamin did long ago. They had the Emuna in Hashem, and were acting on that Emuna by descending into the unknown waters of protecting Amona.

In their merit, shall we see the rebuilding the third Beit Hamikdash in the portion of Binyamin, Bimhera Veyamenu, Amen.

2 Comments:

At Sat Feb 11, 02:44:00 PM 2006, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Binyamin was the first to jump into the fray of the war against Armelus, but the next stop is Yitzhar where live amo will apparently be used against their three "illegal" strongholds. Yitzhar, I believe, is in Shevet Ephraim. According to Kol HaTor Armelus will reign for a period up to nine months, but the country will be in Civil War from Rosh Chodesh Nissan until Rosh HaShanah. The nine month will be up on the Fifth of Tishrei since "The Shepherd" became incapacitated on the fifth of Teves. As we see from when the Egyptian ferry sank in Yam Suf last week after Amona, every battle of our little "Civil War" will have global effects. I am sure the major powers will try to turn our "Civil War" between Ya'akov and the Erev Rav into their conflict. They will all be brought into it on the side of the Erev Rav. The entire world will be here for Sukkot.

This also means that the full Remembrance of Ya'akov spoken about in the Zohar 119b is this Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5766. The previous day is the molad which will be observed here in Eretz Yisrael as an 80% solar eclipse. The day prior to the molad is Election Day. Those who vote for Kadima, Labour, or Meretz will be fingering themselves as the Erev Rav. G-d has dumbed down the decision. There is no "Shepherd, no peace talks, and no solution except hatred for settlers to achieve the goal of getting the world to love them. A vote for Kadima is a vote for the self-destruction in order to receive the accolades of Gog. A vote for Kadima will cost someone their Olam Haba. Alas, Ya'akov will be remembered, and the entire world will ally with the Erev Rav against him. Welcome to the apocalypse coming on Rosh Chodesh Nissan.

 
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