Tora and Masjiach: Gen. 18: 1/21: 3/23: 17-18 / 24: 42 Jewish explanation

In the Torah many allusions are made about the arrival of the Jewish Masjiach. Although the Messiah has still not come, the Jews continue to believe in it on the basis of the Torah. This article focuses on Abraham who met God (Genesis 18: 1), the name of Isaac (Genesis 21: 3), the purchase of the Cavern of Machpela by Abraham (Genesis 23: 17-18) and Rebekah at the water source ( Genesis 24:42). The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains and Etsel gives his vision.

Genesis 18: 1

And the Eternal one appeared to him in the forests of Mamré, sitting at the entrance of the tent when the day was hot.

Manifestation of Divine Presence

Just as Abraham saw the Eternal, so too will we see a manifestation of Divine Presence in the Messianic period. Isaiah 30:20 says: "He who taught you will no longer hide. You will see your Teacher with your own eyes. ”

The Eternal one appeared

The Divine light will bring healing. So the verse And the Eternal one appeared will also become true for us in the future.
God will rid the sun of its cover and heal the righteous. Isaiah 60:20 says: "Because the Eternal will give you light forever."

Genesis 21: 3

And Abraham called his son's name ... Isaac.

Isaac's name refers to Messianic period

In the Messianic period we will say: "You, the Eternal One, are our father." Chassidoet explains that the name Isaac is an expression of laughter and elation: in the Messianic period, joy and elation will be revealed caused by our service to God.

Fear and awe

Isaac represents, according to Chassidoet, the aspect of fear and awe for God and self-denial for God.


In the Zohar (Kabbalistic book) it says that during the akeida the soul of Isaac left the body and was replaced by a soul of the 'Coming World'. Thanks to the new soul, Isaac's life was in the future redemption.

Genesis 23: 17-18

For example, the field of "Ephron that is in Machpela ... went to Abraham for sale


The purchase of the Ephron field containing the beginning of the general redemption of all Jews. Jewish sages state that with the 400 silver shekels, Abraham bought one square cubit from the Land of Israel for each of Israel's 600,000 souls.

Genesis 24:42

Now I arrived today


Eliezer, Abraham's servant, traveled to the well in one day instead of 17 days. Rebekah was "like a rose among the thorns." Eliezer's mission was to remove the rose among the thorns (her family), but could not start earlier. If the journey had lasted longer, Rebekah would have to stay under the thorns. This is the reason that the trip was shortened.
Similarly, the Jewish Galut (exile) will not last longer than necessary and the Eternal will accelerate redemption.

Vision of Etsel

Isaac is actually associated twice with a messiah: the real Messiah and the false messiah (Jesus). The first has already been explained by the Lubavitcher Rebbe above. The second can be explained by the connection that exists between the almost sacrifice of Isaac (the akeida) and the sacrifices of the Jews in the Middle Ages who refused to choose Jesus (the Christian god). Instead, they remained faithful to the God of Israel. They were punished with death for that by the Christians. Just before their death they said: "Hear Israel, Adonai, our God, Adonai is One." Thus, they explicitly denied the Christian Trinity. In all these massacres, it is Abraham who again brought his son Isaac to the altar.
Isaac has managed to turn suffering into prayer and love. In gratitude, God had the Temple built on Mount Moria, where the akeida took place. The Third Temple will also be built on Mount Moria at the arrival of the real Messiah. The lesson we can learn from Abraham's self-sacrifice is that God asks to sacrifice everything for Him. Abraham was willing to do this. Naturally God ultimately did not want a human sacrifice (not even when Abraham voluntarily wanted to sacrifice his sonHe knew enough and knew that Abraham would remain faithful to Him. The Jewish martyrs who were forced to sacrifice their lives to not violate their beliefs even though God had not requested their sacrifice, simply had no choice. This also showed how strong these Jews were spiritually. They knew that the smiling and delighted Isaac referred to the real Messiah who is yet to come. And just as Rebekah (the rose) was freed in time from her family (the thorns), so the Jews (the rose) will be freed from the hostile non-Jewish world (the thorns) and returned to Israel in time. Compare also Song of Songs 2: 2 Like a lily among the thistles.
May all be witnesses of the speedy arrival of the Mashiach in our days.

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