Driving Out Instigators and Inciters of Evil

Abraham did not allow Ishmael to remain.

Professor Gerald Aranoff,

Prof. G. Aranoff
Prof. G. Aranoff
INN:GA

We must drive out the inciters and instigators of our enemies.

Last weeks’ Torah portion states:

Now Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham That Sarah would suckle children! Yet I have borne a son in his old age.” The child grew up and was weaned, and Abraham held a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. Sarah saw the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham playing. She said to Abraham, “Cast out that slave-woman and her son, for the son of that slave shall not share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” The matter distressed Abraham greatly, for it concerned a son of his. But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed over the boy or your slave; whatever Sarah tells you, do as she says, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be continued for you. As for the son of the slave-woman, I will make a nation of him, too, for he is your seed.” (Gen. 21:5-13).

My interpretation, reading the Malbim, is that the evil person here is Hagar for instigating and inciting the son of the slave-woman, against Isaac.

The Malbim states that Sarah and Abraham were angry, with good cause, at Hagar for inciting and instigating Ishmael against Isaac.  One must put an immediate stop to an inciter and instigator of bad actions.

Abraham drove out Hagar in anger and did it rudely.  This was Abraham main objective. Incidentally he had also to drive out Ishmael, since Hagar was Ishmael’s mother.  God promised Abraham: As for the son of the slave-woman, I will make a nation of him, too, for he is your seed.

Today we have enemies trying to kill us.  We pray to God that our enemies change heart and no longer desire to kill us.  We must fight and drive out inciters and instigators to our enemies, even if they are in our own home, as Abraham did to Hagar.  Inciters and instigators make our enemies worse and worse.  MK Zoabi is an example of an inciter and instigator of our enemies, but not the only one.  

But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed over the boy or your slave; whatever Sarah tells you, do as she says, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be continued for you. As for the son of the slave-woman, I will make a nation of him, too, for he is your seed.

God’s promised Abraham: I will make of you a great nation, And I will bless you; I will make your name great, And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you And curse him that curses you; And all the families of the earth Shall bless themselves by you.” (Gen. 12:2-3).

Esau and Ishmael are seeds of Abraham and God will bless them.  Surely, our enemies today will repent one day and will become our friends.  Until then we fight all incitement and instigation of our enemies.  I quote from Ron Prosor letter to the UN:

“This is the most recent example of the violence that has come in the wake of inflammatory remarks made by the Palestinian leadership.  Two weeks ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount using 'all means' necessary.  In response to this blatantly dangerous provocation, the Security Council did not utter a word.

“Following Abbas’s incitement, hundreds of Arabs rioted in Jerusalem, on 23 October a terrorist deliberately drove full speed onto a Jerusalem train platform killing two people, and days later, Palestinian terrorist, Moataz Hijazi, shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick.  The Security Council continued to remain silent.

“As Rabbi Yehuda Glick lay in a coma, fighting for his life, President Abbas saw fit to write a condolence letter to the family of the would-be murderer.  In the letter he describes Israeli security forces as 'terrorists' and glorified Hijazi as a ‘martyr.’  President Abbas is sanctioning and celebrating murder and Israelis are paying with their lives.”








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