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Midrash Tanchuma Veyetzei: The Jewish People as an unconquerable World Power

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27.11.2020

The Midrash states that during the famous dream of angels going up and down the ladder, Yaakov saw a vision of Jewish history starkly different from our own reality. A vision so bold that Yaakov was frightened and turned down God’s offer to make it a reality.

I will share some of the answers given as to why Yaakov made this decision. However, I must freely admit that the question is better than the answers:

Here is the incident as recorded in Midrash Tanchuma:“Rabbi Berechiah, in the name of Rabbo Helbo, and Rabbi Simeon the son of Yosinah said: God showed our patriarch Yaakov the guardian angel of Babylon ascending and descending, the guardian angel of Media ascending and descending, the guardian angel of Greece ascending and descending, and the guardian angel of Edom (Rome) also ascending and descending. God said to Yaakov: ‘Why do you not ascend?’ Whereupon our patriarch Yaakov was afraid and asked: “Just as they descended so shall I? God responded: “If you ascend, you will not descend.” He (Yaakov) did not believe God and did not ascend.”........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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