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Thursday, October 26, 2023

The Tanhuma Speaks of our Ahdut Today

 Tanhuma on Lech Lecha:

מה כתיב למעלה מן הענין? וישמע אברהם כי נשבה אחיו, וכי אחיו היה אלא ראה ענותנותו של אברהם אחר אותה מריבה שכתוב ויהי ריב בין רועי מקנה אברם ובין רועי מקנה לוט אף על פי כן היה קורא אותו אחיו דכתיב כי אנשים אחים אנחנו

[Expounding the verse that begins the Convenant Between the Parts: אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה "After these things", we ask:] What does it say before this topic? It says: "And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive".  Was Lot really his brother??? [He was his nephew and brother-in-law, but not his brother!!]  Rather, it's teaching us that we should take a look at the humility of Avraham.  After that quarrel where it says, "And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle", and nevertheless, Avraham called him "his brother", as it says, "for we are brethren".
As numerous people have already pointed out, there is an incredible Ahdut in the air that we haven't had in 50 years in Israel.  And this was after a terrible fight between right vs. left and religious vs. non-religious that was going on beforehand.

And just as Avraham was: וירק את חניכיו - he went to battle to free his brother from captivity, similarly, we are going to battle to free our brothers and sisters from captivity.  And just as Avraham was victorious in his mission, with Hashem's help, we will be victorious in our mission.

Another Midrash in Lech Lecha compares the Geula of Lot (who was actually necessary to produce the ancestry of Mashiah) from the 4 kings with the Final Geula:

דבר אחר:

  • ויהי בימי אמרפל מלך שנער, זו בבל.
  • ואריוך מלך אלסר, זה אנטיוכס.
  • כדרלעומר מלך עילם, זה מדי.
  • ותדעל מלך גוים, זו מלכות אדום, שהיא מכתבת טירוניא מכל אומות העולם.

אמר רבי אלעזר בר אבינא: אם ראית מלכיות מתגרות אלו באלו צפה לרגלו של משיח, תדע שכן, שהרי בימי אברהם על ידי שנתגרו המלכיות אלו באלו, באה הגאולה לאברהם.

This Midrash is saying that when we see the superpowers going after each other, we should expect the feet of Mashiah just as there was a Geula for Avraham when the kings battled each other.  (So far, we have US, Chinese, and French ships coming to the Middle East.  Are the Russians next?)

May the Ahdut displayed until now allow for a victory in battle and ultimately and speedily lead to the Final Redemption, Amen.


At Thu Oct 26, 06:42:00 PM 2023, Blogger Devorah said...


At Thu Oct 26, 09:57:00 PM 2023, Blogger joel rich said...

Worth considering - how do we build an enduring achdut?
Apple Pie Achdut Isn’t Enough - Torah Musings
Hashem Oz Lamo Yiten Hashem Yvarech Et Amo Bashalom

At Fri Oct 27, 02:16:00 AM 2023, Blogger Esser Agaroth said...

Although we certainly have examples in histroy of ahduth producing victory in battle, eg. the army of Ahav, defense against Hamah ym"sh, I cam concerned.

It was suggested to me, a very long time ago, that whenever we become united, due to negative circumstances, it doesn't last. The classic example is after the first Purim celebration.

Hopefully, the positive precursor to ahduth will be Mashia'h's arrival, or something else temporary, and so the ahduth will last.

At Sat Oct 28, 04:58:00 PM 2023, Anonymous Anonymous said...



At Sun Oct 29, 10:15:00 AM 2023, Blogger Devorah Chayah said...

Turkey wants to join the party.

At Sun Oct 29, 10:23:00 AM 2023, Blogger Devorah Chayah said...

Agreed Esser, the sinah has just gone underground for now. It is once again socially unacceptable to show it in public. But, as you say, given the opportunity for it to come out again, it will, especially when it comes time to place blame. The religious right is already being bandied as a possible scapegoat for "provocation." (Smotrich and Ben Gvir, chief among them, deservedly or not, that won't matter.)

As long as the Erev Rav walks among us, real achdut won't be possible. However, every Jewish neshamah that clings to HKB"H and His Torah is already united and knit together in heart, mind and soul, even with those we haven't even met yet.

At Sun Oct 29, 11:12:00 AM 2023, Blogger Esser Agaroth said...

Devorah Chaya,

Amern to that!


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