Erev Shabbos Kodesh Toldos Inspiration 5775

Everyone has their favorite Medrash, and my favorite Medrash in Toldos reads like this:

אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן מִי שֶׁיֵּשׁ לוֹ שְׁנֵי בָנִים אֶחָד יוֹצֵא וְאֶחָד נִכְנַס, חָרֵיד, אֶתְמְהָא, אֶלָּא בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁנִּכְנַס עֵשָׂו אֵצֶל אָבִיו נִכְנְסָה עִמּוֹ גֵּיהִנֹּם. רַבִּי אֲחָא אָמַר הִתְחִילוּ כָּתְלֵי הַבַּיִת מַרְתִיתִים, הֲדָא הוּא דְהוּא אָמַר (בראשית כז, לג): מִי אֵפוֹא, מִי הוּא זֶה שֶׁהוּא עָתִיד לֵיאָפוֹת כָּאן אֲנִי אוֹ בְנִי יַעֲקֹב. אָמַר לוֹ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לֹא אַתְּ וְלֹא בִּנְךָ, אֶלָּא (בראשית כז, לג): הוּא הַצָּד צַיִד (בראשית רבה 67:2)

When Esav entered before Yitzchak, Gehinnom entered with him. The walls of the house began to shake. Yitzchak wondered, “who is going to get baked (אֵפוֹא) here, me or my son Yaakov?” HaShem responded, “not you and not your son. Rather, “the one who hunted game (Esav)!”

The word צָּד appears many times in this week’s parasha. It is said (Bereishis 25:28) וַיֶּאֱהַב יִצְחָק אֶת עֵשָׂו כִּי צַיִד בְּפִיו וְרִבְקָה אֹהֶבֶת אֶת יַעֲקֹב, Yitzchak loved Esav for game was in his mouth; but Rivka loved Yaakov. The Heilege Ishbitzer said that the words כִּי צַיִד בְּפִיו can be interpreted to mean that every time Esav spoke, Yitzchak would trap souls emanating from Esav, and these were the prominent Jewish converts in history such as Rabbi Meir, a decsendant of Nero Caeser.

It is noteworthy that there have been no prominent converts to Judaism from the Muslim people. Apparently, Esav can be “trapped” into Judaism, whereas Yishmael, the forerunner of the Arab nation, is repelled from our midst. It is noteworthy that the word ישמעאל equals in gematria the words אין גרים באים מהם, converts do not come from them.

This week we were witness to the barbaric cruelty of the Arabs who killed four Jews in a Shul during the prayer service. Esav has certainly not always been merciful to the Jewish People, and we must hope that the barbarism displayed  by Yishmael will be the last travail of this exile, and then we will witness the fulfillment of the verse (Ovadiah 1:21) וְעָלוּ מוֹשִׁעִים בְּהַר צִיּוֹן לִשְׁפֹּט אֶת הַר עֵשָׂו וְהָיְתָה לַי-ה-וָ-ה הַמְּלוּכָה, and saviors shall ascend Mount Zion to judge the mountain of Esav, and HaShem shall have the kingdom.

May Kal Yisroel know no more sorrow and we should witness only joy and ecstasy with the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, speedily, in our days!

Have an uplifting Shabbos!

Rabbi Adler

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