An Eternal People

Friday, 23 October, 2015 - 1:20 pm

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The Jewish people; the eternal people. Eternal? That’s a pretty powerful word. We can’t even fathom what it really means, how can something actually be eternal?!

The truth is, nothing physical can be eternal on it’s own accord and we will not physically be here to witness this eternal nature of the Jew. But we can make assumptions about the future based on past evidence.

And the evidence is pretty compelling.

Throughout the ages the Jewish people have never been the majority or the most powerful nation. In fact, that’s by Hashem’s design. In addition, we’ve always been the target of hatred and violence. Yet no matter who tried, they all failed to wipe us out.

If the Jewish people were subject to the laws of nature we would no longer be here, just as other nations - much larger and more powerful nations at that - are no longer here.

The Jewish people are eternal. We are not constrained by the rules of the physical world.

Likewise, our connection to Hashem is higher than, and not limited by, nature. This is reflected in the difference between the two sons of Abraham, the first Jew. Ishmael was born in a natural manner; Isaac was born in a miraculous manner. Ishmael was circumcised when he was 13 years old; Isaac at 8 days old.

Isaac, the son of Abraham who is the ancestor of the Jewish people, was higher than nature by his very birth. His circumcision was done when he was 8 days old - emphasizing a connection to Hashem that is beyond rational consideration.

We, every single Jew alive today, have inherited this ability - we are not limited by the rules of nature. When we ignore the admittedly rational considerations of the world and do what Hashem asks of us, that’s when we are truly living a Jewish life.

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