Sunday, September 19, 2010

The First


“It is written: ‘And the first one [Esav] emerged.’

"Rabbi Chaggai said in the name of Rabbi Yitzchak: In the merit of ‘And you shall take for yourself on the first day [the mitzvah of the Arba Minim]’:

"I, the First, am revealed to you, as it is written (Yeshayah 44), ‘I am the first and I am the last.’

"I will punish the First [Esav] for you, as it is written, ‘And the first one emerged.’

"I will build the First for you, meaning the Beit haMikdash, as it is written, ‘The throne of honor, elevated from the first.’

"I will bring you the First, meaning Mashiach, as it is written, ‘Behold, here, the first for Zion.’"

(Midrash, Bereishit Rabbah 63:8)

Chag sameach,

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