Israel Forever

For the week ending 9 January 2010 / 22 Tevet 5770

A Promise for All Time

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

"I shall be as I shall be." (Shmot 3:14)

This is what G-d instructed Moshe to answer to the enslaved Jews in Egypt who would ask what is the Name of the G-d who sent him to them with a promise of liberation.

Rashi explains that this double phrasing of the Divine Name was intended as a message that G-d would be with his chosen people in the present exile and would be with them in the future exiles as well.

This promise should serve as a source of comfort for Jews in our own time when we face such a shocking increase in anti-Semitic acts throughout the world and an escalation in the danger to Jews in their own land.

We must never lose sight of the promise which G-d fulfilled for our ancestors in Egypt and in subsequent exiles and must strengthen our faith in the inevitable fulfillment of His promise to protect Israel forever.

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