As they say, better late than never. Last Shabbat I was reading the parsha in a very disorganized fashion, skipping here and there, and so I missed a very important insight. But I made up for it today, and I would like to share this with you, please.
It has to do with the saga of the "Tefillin terror", which happened on January 21st, two days before we read Parshat Bo. The whole world got to see Tefillin on TV, on the Internet; condescending and ignorant pundits of various denominations busily expounded the meaning of this Jewish "RITUAL" for the world; even rabbis stooped to call Tefillin, this most precious and special gift to Jewish men ( poor us women!), a ritual. All of them missed out on a very powerful message, which we Jews should share with the world, I would think, and particularly with our fearful fellow Jews scattered around the globe, to remind them: HINEI LO YANUM VELO YISHAN, SHOMER YISRAEL - the Guardian of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers.
What message am I talking about? A message connected to the two previous parshiot , Shemot and Vaera:
Events occurring during those two weeks correlated perfectly with the parsha read that Shabbat. And again, during Parshat Bo, G-d sent us a direct hint, but we nearly missed it!
Remember that just a week earlier, all the churches, as well as the UN compound in Port-au-Prince, were totaled. The pharaoh of our day , the king of Rome, and his temporal arm, the UN, received a huge blow; his idols were proven useless and completely destroyed; but just as in the biblical account, his heart of stone became even harder - witness the video of Haiti posted here, see how the UN cares NOTHING about the Haitians, only cares about its own power and dominance:
The amazing thing is, THE VERY VERSES WRITTEN IN THE TEFILLIN ARE READ ON PARSHAT BO; that was the week the Tefillin incident occurred. Those verses describe very clearly what 'the ritual' of the Tefillin is really all about.
These are the verses written in the Tefillin:
Exodus 13: 1-16 are the last verses of Parshat Bo.
And what are the main themes of these verses:
HASHEM BROUGHT US OUT OF EGYPT - SAVED US FROM PHARAOH - , FREED US FROM SLAVERY.
HASHEM WILL BRING US TO ERETZ YISRAEL.
IT SHALL BE TO YOU AS A SIGN on your hand and for a reminder between your eyes.... FOR WITH A STRONG HAND G-D BROUGHT YOU OUT OF EGYPT.
יא וְהָיָה כִּי-יְבִאֲךָ יְהוָה, אֶל-אֶרֶץ הַכְּנַעֲנִי, כַּאֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לְךָ, וְלַאֲבֹתֶיךָ; וּנְתָנָהּ, לָךְ.
There will be a time when G-d will bring you to the land of the Canaanite, WHICH HE PROMISED WITH AN OATH TO YOU AND YOUR FATHERS; HE WILL HAVE GIVEN IT TO YOU.
טז וְהָיָה לְאוֹת עַל-יָדְכָה, וּלְטוֹטָפֹת בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ: כִּי בְּחֹזֶק יָד, הוֹצִיאָנוּ יְהוָה מִמִּצְרָיִם.
And it shall be a SIGN on your hand, and FOR AN INSIGNIA between your eyes, FOR WITH A STRONG HAND G-D BROUGHT YOU OUT OF EGYPT.
( Shirat Hayam, Parshat Beshalach ?
אָז יָשִׁיר-מֹשֶׁה וּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת-הַשִּׁירָה הַזֹּאת)
Exodus 15: 12-14,
|יב נָטִיתָ, יְמִינְךָ--תִּבְלָעֵמוֹ, אָרֶץ.|
|יג נָחִיתָ בְחַסְדְּךָ, עַם-זוּ גָּאָלְתָּ; נֵהַלְתָּ בְעָזְּךָ, אֶל-נְוֵה קָדְשֶׁךָ.|
|יד שָׁמְעוּ עַמִּים, יִרְגָּזוּן; חִיל אָחַז, יֹשְׁבֵי פְּלָשֶׁת.|
.... NATIONS HEARD AND SHUDDERED,
THEN THE CHIEFS OF EDOM PANICKED
( Edom is Esav, that is Rome! DS)....
If only we had translated this message to the world with faith and determination when the incident happened, rather than cowing and abiding by the fearful, arrogant, and misleading explanations of the goyim..
But, as I said before: better late than never...!
Gail and Manny write:
Dear Daisy, BRAVO!! Great message. All the best, Gail & Manny...