"Bring it!!"

Ben Packer,

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צילום: ערוץ 7
Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

In these week's Torah Portion, we read about Noah and the world-famous flood. Those familiar with the story know that Noah was viciously derided by the wicked people around him for making the Ark. He was threatened as well. (Already reminds of the US Presidential election.)

When it was finally time to enter the Ark, the verse (7:13) says: "On that very day Noah came, with Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah's sons, with Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the Ark..." 

Why the epxression "On that very day"? (B'etzem hayom hazeh").

The Biblical Commentator Rashi explains: "The Verse is teaching that the people of Noah's generation would say: If we would see him entering (the Ark), we would break it, and kill him (Noah). The Holy One, Blessed is He, said: I wll bring him in (to the Ark) in full view of all of them and we will see whose words will be fulfilled."

There are other times in the Torah when this ex‎pression is used and they all have the same message - When there is public resistance to G-d's will, its as if G-d says: "Bring it!" 

As we approach election day in the US, there is alot of uncertainty. Despite this and regardless of the eventual outcome, we must continue to strengthen the Jewish Presence throughout the Land of Israel. And to those who attempt to hinder or weaken us, we should remain steadfast and sternly invite them to BRING IT!!!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem