Calling for Salvation – from Yaakov to You

Yeshua Centered Orthodox Judaism

by RAV YAKOV BAR YOSEF

Genesis 49:16-19(16) Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. (17) Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a horned snake in the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that his rider falls backward. (18) I wait [sic] for Thy salvation, O Lord. (19) Gad, a troop shall troop upon him; But he shall troop upon their heel. Rashi on Genesis 49:18:1 He propagandized that the Philistines would gouge out [Shimshon’s] eyes and he would ultimately say “Please remember me and strengthen me but this one time”Shabbat 31a:11 Rava said: when they bring in a man to be judged [in heaven], they say to him: “Did you deal faithfully in business? Did you establish times for Torah? Did you engage in procreation? Did you hearken for salvation? Did you delve in wisdom? Did you understand things through inference?

Regarding the hope for salvation and redemption that beats in every Jew’s heart from generation to generation, our rabbis used the term צפיה. Man is asked “did you hearken for salvation?” and not “did you hope”. צפיה comes from the word scout. The role of the scout is to use every occurrence to warn against faults and to awaken the undertaking of salvation. So it is upon us to make use of every occurrence in the world, for through them salvation for Israel can arrive or spring up. Orot,

Lights from Darkness, Land of Israel 1:4

(4) Anticipating of redemption is the force which maintains Jewry in exile, and the Judaism of the Land ‎of Israel is the redemption itself…‎ Bereishit Rabbah 98:14 For Yaakov saw [Shimshon] and understood him to be the Messiah. When he saw him die, he said “Even he dies?! I hope for Thy salvation, O Lord”. Rabbi Yitzchak said everything through hope: [healing from] suffering, through hope; sanctity of God, through hope; merit of the forefathers, through hope; desire of the World to Come, through hope.Mishna Berura 230:7-6 Whoever sneezes and his friend says “asuta”, he should respond “you should be blessed” and then should say “I hope for Thy salvation, O Lord” [our rabbis said that originally people didn’t get sick at all – they’d just be walking in the market, sneeze, and die. Until Yaakov our father came along and requested mercy for the matter]Targum Jonathan on Genesis 47:29 And the days of Israel drew near to die. And he called to his son, to Joseph, and said to him, If now I have found favour before thee, put thy hand on the place of my circumcision, and deal with me in goodness and truth, That thou wilt not bury me in Mizraim,