Dreaming of Moshiach

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Voice of Yaakov

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

Last week's Parsha mentions the voice of Yaakov Avinu, zs'l, and the hands of Esav. The hands of a person are used in this world, now. But the voice of a person is connected to the next world, the real world.

Every word we speak is heard in שמים heaven. It's extremely important that the words we speak are consistent with our thoughts. When we wish one another חג שמח, good Yom Tov, do we really mean it, or is it an empty greeting like, "Have a nice day"?. We say this greeting automatically and couldn't care less if the person has a great or miserable day. Most of us feel that it's better to say חג שמח, without kind thoughts for the person, than not to say it all.

But when you consider that the gematria of חג שמח is 359, the same as שטן (Satan), you realize that he uses this as prosecution evidence against us in the Heavenly court.

In a similar matter, Kohanim should not bless the Jewish people if there is not genuine love for the congregation. When there is a genuine love and concern for each other, our words of support, hope, encouragement, and blessings are so powerful it can bring our redemption.

Indeed, the words הקול קול יעקב (the voice is Yaakov's voice), has a gematria of 453, the same as מלך המשיח, Melech HaMoshiach.

On the other hand, when we are like Esav, and concerned with ourselves and this world only, our hands are like Esav's hands, cold, without feeling. Our hands can get us into trouble. In fact, והידיים ידי עשו, (but the hands are Esav's hands), is the same gematria as חייב מיתה (required death).

In the Parsha, Esav hates Yaakov (Avinu), and the word that is used is וישטם (hated), gemaria value 365. Indeed the anti-semitsm of the Esavs in this world cover 365 days of the year.




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