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Message for Today  by   Courtesy of Machon Meir                            A Fruit and Its Husk

“These are the chronicles of Isaac” (Genesis 25:19). Rashi explains that Isaac’s“chronicles” [toldot] were Jacob and Esau. Rashi is thus emphasizing that Isaac had twosons, one righteous and one evil, just as Abraham had two sons,

Isaac and Ishmael, onerighteous and the other evil. Only Jacob merited to have all his sons be righteous, as it says,“Your people are all righteous” (Isaiah 60:21).The fact that Abraham and Isaac had wicked children teaches us an importantfoundation: All growth and development occurs in two stages.

The first stage includes bothgood and evil, whereas in the final stage, occurring at the end of the growth anddevelopment, we merit to see that all was for the best.To what may this be compared? To a fruit and its husk. When the fruit first appears,the husk envelops and protects it, yet that husk is bitter, and sometimes hard, like a nutshell.Ishmael and Esau were bitter and hard for the Jewish People, but at the end of theprocess of growth, the sweet, pleasant fruit is revealed, once we remove the husk. Or, thehusk itself becomes sweet (From orange peels one can make preserves).It is the same with the history of the Jewish People.

 At first there are manycomplications and difficulties -- many “husks.” In the future, however, we will merit thesweet fruit. When all of Israel are redeemed, mankind, as well, will be redeemed togetherwith them, as it says, “Liberators shall ascend upon Mount Zion to judge the Mountain ofEsau, and dominion shall belong to the L-rd” (Ovadiah verse 21); “The L-rd shall be Kingover all the earth. On that day the L-rd shall be one and His name one” (Zechariah 14:9).Today, we are at the height of a process in which the Jewish People are rising torebirth. The sweetness and goodness of Israel, and their benevolence towards all of mankind,shall be more and more revealed.At the same time, however, the hard, cruel husk is being revealed in the form of thoseevildoers who are fighting against the Jewish People.

Yet the day is not far off when thatbitter husk will disappear, and we will be privileged to see with our own eyes how “Judahshall remain forever; Jerusalem from generation to generation” (Joel 4:20). A new light willthen shine over Zion, for us and for the whole world.

Looking forward to complete redemption.

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