Published Friday, November 25, 2011, 9:24 AM
The new weekly message from Rabbi Nachman Kahana brings up Chapter 25 of Genesis (“Bereishis” in Hebrew) to make observations about Isaac and Ishmael, as they apply to the rapidly changing world scene, in particular to the worlds of the State of Israel/the Jews worldwide and of the Ishmaelites (Arabs/Muslims).
Rabbi Kahana is the spiritual leader of the Chazon Yechezkel synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City. He has lived in Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel) for decades, although he did grow up in Brooklyn. While he is focused primarily on Jews who have made the choice to live in and build up Eretz Yisrael, he does have a considerable (if less personally committed) following among New York City-area supporters of a strong, safe Israel.
In the relevant-to-this-article part of Rabbi Kahana’s weekly message, he focuses on two particular lines of Chapter 25:
[Ishmael’s] descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in the vicinity of all their brothers. (Genesis 27:18)
This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. (Genesis 27:19)
According to Rabbi Kahana:
The sequence of these two pasukim (verses) implies that the fall of Yishmael will signal the beginning of the reign of Yitzchak. Or possibly just the reverse. The beginning of the reign of Yitzchak will signal the fall of Yishmael.
Whatever the truth, facts on the ground are proving that the Jewish people have returned to a large part of Eretz Yisrael and Yishmael is in the process of decline.
Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon, and the fissures forming in the national unity of Morocco and Saudi Arabia are signaling the free fall of these Arab entities. They are not falling into Gehennom yet, because they have to undergo a pre-Gehennom [purgatory] initiation called Islamization. These countries will deteriorate into Islamic republics which will draw the world into confrontations on a scale not yet experienced in history.
Rabbi Kahana also writes, quite significantly:
At the end of this final historical process, the Jewish people will have returned home and the Messianic era will be ushered in.
If we have learned anything from the Second World War, it is that when goyim [non-Jews] make war on goyim, it is wise for Jews not to be present there. The gates of the holy land are still open to gather in the exiles; but who knows for how long.
Rabbi Kahana’s weekly message also discusses how the Matriarch Rebecca, from the very beginning, was clued in to the very different natures of her twin sons, Jacob and Isaac. He discusses the implications of that to the issues of nature vs. nurture, as well as what that means to the relations between Jews and the Western world today.
Rabbi Kahana’s new weekly message is available online at this link.
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