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Friday, December 15, 2006

Against All Odds - Hanukka and Mashiah

The miracle of Hanukka is one when we celebrate an "against all odds" victory of the Torah-true Hashmonaim over the Syrian Greeks and Hellenists. The Hasmonian small group of righteous soldiers defeating the enemy, thereby reestablishing Jewish sovereignty over Judea and the Beit Hamikdash, is the miracle that the Al Hanisim discusses, and it is the reason why we say Hallel on the holiday.

The continued lineage of Mashiah is no less a miracle. I'll list for you some of the miraculous circumstances that will eventually bring (or hopefully has already brought) about the birth of Mashiah.
  • This week's Perasha has the story of Yehuda and Tamar - where Yehuda has relations with what he thinks to be a harlot and ends up being his daughter-in-law, Tamar.
  • A few weeks back, we learned of the story of Lot and his daughters. Lot was the father of Mo'av, an ancestor of Rut, who is an ancestor of David Hamelech. Lot was also the father of Amon, an ancestor of Na'ama Ha'amonit, the mother of Rehav'am Ben Shelomo Hamelech.
  • Rut herself was married to Bo'az one night, whereupon Bo'az died, but not before she was pregnant.
  • Updated: Yishai's wife, Nitzevet, had relations with him after being separated from her for 3 years by tricking him into thinking he was having relations with his maid-servant.
  • David Hamelech had relations with Bat-Sheva, a married woman, the mother of Shelomo Hamelech.
  • Atalya, the daughter of Ahav, wipes out the entire royal family, but not before Yehosheva, her daughter and wife of the Kohen Gadol, takes baby Yo'ash and hides him in the Holy of Holies for 7 years.
  • Yehoyachin's son's miraculous birth (see Sanhedrin 37b-38a and Rashi there).
  • Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai asking for the "Geneological chain of Rabban Gamliel" to be saved from the Roman Emporer Vespasian (see Gittin 56b and Rashi there).
May we soon see an "against all odds" Final Redemption speedily in our days.


At Sun Dec 17, 07:02:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, David was NOT with a married woman. BatSheva was divorced from her husband for TWO reasons:

1. Lest her husband not return from the campain and she be an aguna.

2. Because she refused to stay married to a man who was disloyal to the king.
(He spoke to the King, " My MASTER Yoab"!!)

David only ordered him to go home to her to PROVE that even drunk and in a happy mood and with a direct order from the King's mouth to go home he still would not go to her because this righteous Tzadakas who merited to be the greatest wife King David ever had, and also merited to be the Mother of Shlomo HaMelech, would have nothing to do with a man who was disloyal to the King.

David repented because this APPEARED to be a sin. Please refer to Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cordozo audio shiur "David and BatSheva" at

At Mon Dec 18, 02:39:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why did the firstborn of BatSheva and David not live?

At Mon Dec 18, 08:22:00 AM 2006, Blogger yaak said...

Thank you for the correction and for the other interesting info. I'm aware of the Get Al Tenai that Uriah Hahiti made before going out to battle.

At Tue Dec 19, 11:34:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David's sin was that it APPEARED wrong. That's why he said in Tehillim 51, against YOU ONLY did I sin. Therefore the child died. The Tzadik is judged within a hair's breath.


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