Parashat Shemot – G-D Watches Over His righteous Nation 2010
King Solomon in his book of Proverbs 13:23 writes “Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there are others that perish without judgment.”Rabeynu Yonah ( famous Jewish scholar who lived from 1210 – 1263) explains that sometimes, seemingly against all odds, we find a poor person’s field that yields a fantastic crop despite his the lack of means to take proper care of it, whereas a rich person with all his special resources to invest in fertilizers etc. doesn’t succeed in attaining a descent harvest.
This in a nut shell is the story of the Jewish nation. A slave nation of Egypt against all the odds is able to overcome a mighty empire and make its way to the land of milk and honey. A Group of Macabbe soldiers is able to overcome the huge Greek empire. In 1948 a small army of holocaust survivors poorly armed are able to overcome those that greatly out number and out arm them! The obvious secret to our success is in Hashem that watches over His righteous nation and will not allow anyone to put its claws on Israel. Those who stand behind the nation of Israel will be blessed along with Israel, but those who dare come against G-d’s people and the Torah will not succeed.
“And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed”Genesis 12:3 (G-D’s blessing to Abraham)
Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith