Dreaming of Moshiach

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Guest post by Reb Yosef ben Yaakov (Joel Gallis); Redemption 5768.

Brit Milah (circumcision) is permanent and cannot be erased or undone. It is an ongoing reminder of our "oneness" and our identity as the Jewish People even as the events of galus fragment us and destroy our unity.

An example of our "oneness" is Samuel II 7 (23), "And who is like Your people, like Israel, one nation in the world." The word for oneness of course is אחד which is used throughout Tanach to refer to the unity of the Jewish People.

With that in mind please note that the only time the word אחד appears secretly, appearing as the first letter of 3 consecutive words, is in Exodus 4 (24-31) in the section describing the Brit of Moshe Rebenu's son (a'h). וירף ממנו אז אמרה חתן דמים למולת

The first letter of these words spells אחד , and this is the only time it happens in Chumash. Indeed Brit Milah is the one mitzvah which Jews have maintained even under the severest oppression and it has clearly defined us in a physical way as a nation even when other Mitzvos were abandoned.

A beautiful story about the greatest act of faith for performing this Mitzvah can be read at Mystical Paths, Faith in the Veil of Tears




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו