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Message for Today :Courtesy of Machon Meir


Jacob was facing difficult times. Relentlessly pursued by Esau, who wished to kill

him, he left his parents’ home in Be’er Sheva for the exile of Charan, alone and bereft of

possessions. Along the way he had a good dream. In his dream, he saw “G-d standing over

him” (Genesis 28:13), “to protect him” (Rashi). G-d promised him, “I will give to you and

your descendants the land upon which you are lying” (Genesis 28:13). G-d folded the whole

Land of Israel under him thereby hinting to him that it would be as easy to conquer as four

cubits. (Rashi, Ibid.). And G-d further promised, “Your descendants will be like the dust of

the earth. You shall spread out to the west, to the east, to the north and to the south. All the

families on earth will be blessed through you and your descendants” (v. 14).

Regarding Jacob’s bleak situation just then, G-d said, “I am with you. I will protect

you wherever you go and bring you back to this soil” (v. 15).

Jacob’s remarkable dream is the dream of the Jewish People which has accompanied

us throughout all the generations, even in the most dark and difficult periods of our bitter and

gloomy exile. In times of destruction, pogroms and the Holocaust, Jews never ceased to

believe in the fulfillment of Jacob’s dream.

It is true that there were, and continue to be, some who try to blot out the dream. They

think that by doing so they stop the Jews from continuing on to their goal of returning to

their land and fulfilling their destiny -- which is to bring light and goodness to the world. All

the same, “many are the thoughts in man’s heart, but it is the council of G-d that will come to

pass” (Proverbs 19:21).

Right now, “with G-d bringing back the return of Zion, we are like dreamers” (Psalms

126:1). Our generation is privileged to see the ingathering of the exiles. We are already

living Jacob’s dream in a wakeful state, as in G-d’s promise, “I will bring you back to this

soil” (Genesis 28:15). It is no dream. It is already a reality. The day is not far off when we

will see as well the promise made to both Abraham and Jacob: “All the families on earth will

be blessed through you and your descendants” (v. 14).

Looking forward to complete salvation,



The Fulfillment of Jacob’s Dream


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