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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Parsha

Assemblage and Refutation
On his deathbed, surrounded by his sons, Yaakov was going to reveal a prediction about the future messianic era. But at that very moment, he lost that revelation and then proceeded to bless his sons. However, Yaakov did reveal a glimpse of the Messianic Age in this week’s Parshah.

As Yaakov blessed his son Yehudah, he states, “The scepter (kingdom) shall not depart from (the tribe of) Judah, or a scholar from among his descendants, until when Shilo arrives, and he will be an assemblage for nations.” (Genesis 49:10) The term ‘Shilo,’ according to Talmudic and Midrashic sources, refers to the Messianic Age. One commentator, the Seforno, states that the term ‘Shilo’ means ‘peaceful,’ which implies the true peace and

Rabbi Reuven Ajeyani, who led the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Sefrou, Morocco, before World War II and died 70 years ago, was famous throughout the Jewish world for the breadth of his Torah and Kabbalah knowledge and for his blessings for help from G-d.  As is the case with only a few great Torah sages, his body has not decomposed over 70 years and was buried intact 70 years later this month in Jerusalem.
Tragically, there is no yeshiva today in Sefrou since a large wave of North African Jews

The Holiness of Hebron
All political considerations aside, it is worthwhile to understand Hebron’s place in Jewish thought.
The Torah introduces us to Hebron in this week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah. The parsha opens with a description of Sarah’s burial. Abraham, wanting to find a grave for his wife, approaches the Hittites, asking for a particular burial spot - the cave of Machpela. After some onerous bargaining with a wily character named Efron, Abraham purchases the land and buries Sarah

This week’s haftarah describes an aging King David, echoing this week’s Torah reading, which mentions that “Abraham was was old, advanced in days.”
King David was aging, and he was perpetually cold. A young maiden, Abishag of Shunam, was recruited to serve and provide warmth for the elderly monarch.
Seeing his father advancing in age, Adoniahu, one of King David’s sons, seized the opportunity to prepare the ground for his ascension to his father’s throne upon the latter’s passing – despite King