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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Return to Egypt

My liberal drush on the last 3 Pesukim in the Tochaha of Parshat Ki Tavo:

וְהָיוּ חַיֶּיךָ, תְּלֻאִים לְךָ מִנֶּגֶד; וּפָחַדְתָּ לַיְלָה וְיוֹמָם, וְלֹא תַאֲמִין בְּחַיֶּיךָ

Your life will appear to you to be dependant on Ahmedinejad, and you will fear night and day, and you will not have the Emunah in Hashem's promise of the Jewish people's survival.

בַּבֹּקֶר תֹּאמַר מִי-יִתֵּן עֶרֶב, וּבָעֶרֶב תֹּאמַר מִי-יִתֵּן בֹּקֶר--מִפַּחַד לְבָבְךָ אֲשֶׁר תִּפְחָד, וּמִמַּרְאֵה עֵינֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר תִּרְאֶה

In Europe (בקר = 302 = אירופה), you will say, "I wish I could live among the Arabs (עֶרֶב could also be read "Arav")", and while among the Arabs, you will say, "I wish I could live among Europeans," from the fear of your heart, which you will fear (i.e. fear of the unknown), and from the sight of your eyes which you will see (i.e. fear based on past experience).

וֶהֱשִׁיבְךָ יְהוָה מִצְרַיִם, בָּאֳנִיּוֹת, בַּדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר אָמַרְתִּי לְךָ, לֹא-תֹסִיף עוֹד לִרְאֹתָהּ; וְהִתְמַכַּרְתֶּם שָׁם לְאֹיְבֶיךָ לַעֲבָדִים וְלִשְׁפָחוֹת, וְאֵין קֹנֶה

Hashem will return you to battle Egypt with ships - in a way which you thought you would never have to do after the peace treaty with Egypt, and despite all this, you will be forced to give up concessions to your enemy as you are servants and maidservants to foreign nations, and you will get nothing in return.

Note that the Zohar Hadash explains this Tochaha as referring to our current exile, but interprets the Pesukim much more positively. For example, the last Pasuk that talks about a return to Egypt is interpreted as a return to the miracles that occurred in Egypt during the Geula.


At Thu Feb 10, 06:06:00 PM 2011, Blogger Devorah said...

Someone's comment on my post here:

By the way check out the Ibn Ezra on sefer Doniel 12:11
I have been waiting for the last couple of years for his pairush to come to fruition both the starting and ending points.
"When the Northen King (Gog, the leader of all the terrorists) will take Egypt, then wait three + years until the redeemer will come and bring the redemption."

At Thu Feb 10, 06:20:00 PM 2011, Blogger yaak said...

Very interesting, Devorah. You can see this Ibn Ezra here. It's actually 3½ years, to be exact. I hope we don't have to wait that long, though.

At Thu Feb 10, 08:23:00 PM 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe "Egypt" is really the USA with Obama as Gog. Afterall, he is encoded in Ezekiel 38:2-3 in such a precise way appearing to identify him as Gog. 3.5 years would be fom Jan. 2009 to about summer 2012. This can also tie in with Daniel 7:25 and even Ezekiel 39:11

At Thu Feb 10, 10:34:00 PM 2011, Blogger Devorah said...

Very good point Anonymous. I feel like we've had this discussion before.
And I fully expect something drastic to happen 3.5 years into Obama's presidency. Whether he will be assassinated, or something else, I don't know, but I still believe that 3.5 year mark is going to see some action.

At Sat Feb 12, 11:25:00 AM 2011, Anonymous Neshama said...

Could the 3.5 years be the time when Hashem drags gog to Eretz Yisrael with hooks in his cheeks? Remember that prophecy?


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