Written in 2004, the following article, written by Ephraim Frank, posted on Etz B’ney Yosef, stands as a solemn warning that the plans to rebuild will not go unhindered. As it was in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, we, too, must hold our swords in one hand and our trowels in the other as we work together to protect the infant that was born in Tampa on March 6 and rebuild the northern kingdom of the House of Israel. “And our adversaries said, ‘They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease’” (Nehemiah 4:11). The Sanballot attitude of being “deeply disturbed” over the king’s plan to allow the restoration of Jerusalem is as prevalent today as it was in the days of Nehemiah. Now it makes sense why, after I repented of my sins in 1998 and began to hungrily read my Bible, it was the Book of Nehemiah that over and over drew my attention.
After devoting a mere chapter to the genealogy of Esau, the Holy Spirit redirects the reader to the object of the narrative, the called and chosen who are destined to become the Bride of Jesus/Yeshua and the light of the world.
This week Jacob returns home to Canaan after 20 years toil in Laban’s house where Jacob’s children were born in the midst of fierce competition between his wives. Sage Iben Ezra estimates Reuben to be 12 years of age at the time of Jacob’s departure for Israel. Jacob’s return to the land portends much for the return of his children at the end of days. Continue reading Vayishlach 2015 (and he left)
Last week, in Toldot, after falling into Rebekah’s snare, Jacob was forced to flee for his life from his brother, Esau. Before sending him away, Isaac granted the blessing intended for Jacob all along. Continue reading Vayetse [and he departed] 2015
This week, in between the stories of Esau selling his birthright and Rebekah convincing Jacob to deceive Isaac into believing he is the elder son, we find a sidebar that seems strangely out of place.
Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. And the LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you.
Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands.
The concluding words of last week’s Torah portion read “but Noah found grace in the eyes of Yahweh.” (Gen 6:8) We arrive this week at the building of the ark and the salvation of one family from a worldwide calamity. Encompassed in the “secret place of the Most High. . . in the shadow of the Almighty,” Noah’s family rode out the mother of all storms. Continue reading Noach [Noah] 2015
This week we will see Jacob return to the land of Israel after an absence of 34 years. Fourteen of these years are unaccounted for in Scripture and the sages of Israel surmise they were wisely spent in Eber’s house of study. The remaining 20 years were spent in toil in Laban’s house, where Jacob’s children were born in the midst of fierce competition between his wives. Sage Iben Ezra estimates Reuben to be 12 years of age at the time of Jacob’s departure for Israel. Jacob’s return to the land portends much for the return of his children at the end of days. Continue reading VAYISHLACH – AND HE SENT
We ended last week with a glorious love story. Abraham’s servant found the perfect bride for Isaac and she readily agreed to “come out from among them and be ye separate.” (2 Co 6:17) Rebekah fell off her camel when she caught sight of her betrothed and, as soon as the bride made herself ready, the captivated Isaac ushered the beautiful virgin into Sarah’s tent and made her his wife. It was then that he loved her and was comforted after Sarah’s death. However, it soon became clear that, like Abraham and Sarah, the couple would struggle with infertility. Continue reading Toldot – Generations