Sunday, December 3, 2023

Paving the Way for Moshiach

Art: Dena Ackerman

Based on Sichos Shabbos Parshat Vayeishev 5751 Lubavitcher Rebbe

Rashi explains the simple reason why the Torah begins to speak of Yehudah in the middle of the story of Yosef.  ''To teach us that [Yehudah's] brothers demoted him from his high position.''

However, Rashi does not explain why the entire account of Yehudah and Tamar was recorded here, leading up to the birth of Peretz and Zarach.

However, according to the explanation of the Midrash, we can understand that the account of Yehudah and Tamar was included here to explain the reason why Yosef was sold : because G-d was paving the way for Moshiach.

Thus, before we read of Yosef's enslavement, and the ensuing Egyptian exile, the Torah prefaces ''the cure before the disease'' informing us of G-d's inner intent.


annie said...

How did I get to own this same picture????
Is this picture in Israel?

Devorah said...

That's funny Annie, it's an Israeli scene, I just got it from Google.

annie said...

I’ve had this … forever… so strange!
Where in Israel is this?

Devorah said...

I don't know. Maybe Tzfat.

Anonymous said...

It looks as if it may be Mishkanot Sh'aananim (loosely translated as the "Dwelling places of the Serene") in Jerusalem. (One of the first neighborhoods built outside of the old city walls of Jerusalem)


annie said...

Baruch HaShem…Ohhh, I feel so blessed

Devorah said...

It's a good sign Annie :)

annie said...


LondonMale said...

The artist is Dena Ackerman. Why not ask her where the scene in the painting is? Her email is