Our forefather, Patriarch Jacob, with his entire family arrived near the city of Shechem. He had just rendesvoux with his brother, Esau near the River Jabbok on the other side of the Jordan. A few days earlier, Esau threatened to kill Jacob and his entire family. Now together they declared peace.
Jacob and his tribe then crossed over the Jordan and for the first time in twenty years, he was now returning home. We must remember that Jacob spent the tenure of his exile under the rule of Laban, his father-in-law, back in Paddan-Aram. Here also was the home of his two wives, Rachael and Leah, but now they and their children together were finally home near his Father Isaac.
From the Jordan River, Jacob traveled west over to the city of Shechem, and immediately bought a piece of property from the ruler of the nearby Canaanite city, Hamor. The town was named after his son, Prince Shechem. Here, nearby, Jacob was now declaring that he was no longer a “transient” and this was his declaration that Eretz Yisra’el (Land of Israel) was now his final homeland. Here he felt secure.
Safely home, Jacob knew that Esau would not threaten him here in Shechem, for their father, Isaac was still living nearby. The people, living in the surrounding region were in awe of Isaac and would he could count on their protection for his family and flocks. Here also upon his new property, he placed the signature of his dwelling in the land of Israel, Jacob set up an altar to G-d which he named, “G-d, the G-d of Israel”.
The landsite of Jacob’s new home, near Shechem, would eventually become the site of Joseph’s Tomb; one of three holy sites of the Jewish people in Israel; including the Cave of Machpelah that was bought by Abraham, and Moriah, the site of the Temple Mount bought by King David.
Immediately, Jacob was caught in a political and moral crisis. Here where he finally felt that he could get solace and rest. His family was destined by G-d to be a “family of priests” and G-d’s standard-bearer on earth as a light unto the gentile nations of the earth. But there was an even more existential crisis, as Rabbi Hirsch commented upon;
Chamush on Parashas Vayishlach – “He (Jacob) had to experience a moral outrage upon its own flesh and blood right from its beginning. He had to undergo its ordeal so that the world could see in its swift and uncompromising reaction the sacred character of its purity, that it could not tolerate what other nations might consider to be commonplace.”
His daughter, Dinah, had been kidnapped, raped and tortured by Prince Shechem, the son of the very ruler in Shechem in which he had just bought his property for his estate. Not only was Prince Shechem implicated in Dinah’s abduction, but the entire town of Shechem were collaborators as there was no one, who were willing to come to the rescue the young Hebrew maiden barely at the onset of puberty nor willing also to criticize or implicate her abductor.
The family of Jacob had just made their aliyah back into the Land of Israel. Rabbi Nisan Aryeh Novick wrote an interesting critique concerning this grave crisis facing the family of Jacob;
Rabbi Nisan Aryeh Novick – “Dinah was being held hostage for a very unusual ransom and there was just no way to free her. Together with all his townspeople, Sh’echem was planning to infiltrate this very special family in order to gain control of all their assets. Marrying Yaakov’s children was a subterfuge and he states this to his followers:
B’reishis (Genesis) 34:21, 23, paraphrased) - “Let us marry their children and let them develop the country…because all their wealth will be ours…”
The ransom was the entire family and their vast financial estate. After kidnapping, raping and torturing Dinah, Sh’chem asks Dinah’s family for permission to marry her. How smart do you have to be to figure out that there’s no basis for a real marriage – for a marriage rooted in mutual respect and mature love? ! But, apparently in an earnest fashion, Shimon and Levi begin negotiating with the terrorists.”
B’reishis (Genesis 34:13) – “Your demand to marry our sister and for all your townspeople to marry all of our sisters) we will meet these demands if you will allow yourselves to be circumcised.”
To the amazement of Simeon and Levi, Prince Shechem and all the males of Shechem agreed to be circumcised. Not only that, Prince Shechem so eager that he chose to be the first to be circumcised. Within seventy-two hours, all the warriors of Shechem were moaning and physically debilitated. Simon and Levi were all alone, when they engineered their own covert commando operation to rescue their own sister. In the process, they killed every male inhabitant of the city that was involved in the “rape-kidnap-hostage taking” event. That meant for them, they had refused to assist or defend an abducted Israelite against Shechem’s immoral and criminal behavior.
When the rest of the sons of Jacob heard what had happened, they also came rushing to the rescue, this time in fear of not only Dinah but also their two brothers, Simeon and Levi. They “plundered the city which had defiled their sister”. They then rounded up all the town’s possessions, their flocks, their cattle, their donkeys, and whatever was in the town, and whatever was in the field, they took”. Then “all their wealth, all their children and wives they took captive and they plundered, as well as everything in the house.”
What is also most interesting, Simeon and Levi were not adult male sons of Jacob, for Levi, according to the Jewish sage, Rashi, had only reached his bar mitzvoth at the age of thirteen years. Brother Simeon was only a year older and Reuben the eldest son of the clan was fifteen.
Jacob, who had just returned to Israel and had been away for twenty years, seven of those seven years he worked for Laban to gain the “bride of his dreams”, Rachel, only to realize that he had been duped by his to be father-in-law and had married Leah instead. Then Jacob had to work a second seven years in which Jacob now married the “wife of his love”,
Yet, Father Jacob was not reacting with joy over seeing his only daughter, still a child, back home. Instead he lambasted his two sons for their impetuous behavior. He was afraid. Out of fear, he attacked his sons instead of rising in righteous indignation. So he spoke to them:
B’reishis (Genesis 34:30)- “You have discomposed (disturbed my composure) me (or “my mind is not clear now”), making me odious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and among the Perizzites; I am few in number and should they band together and attack me, I will be annihilated – and My household.”
According to the Jewish sage called Rashi, in the Jewish homiletic, exegetical texts that include the folklore, historical anecdotes and moral exhortations called the Aggadah, he discussed the meaning of Jacob’s comments, “You have discomposed me”;
Rashi – “And an aggadah interprets it as meaning, “The wind in the barrel was clear, but you made it cloudy,” which means, the Canaanites had a tradition that they would fall into the hands of the children of Jacob, but they said that it would not happen until you (Israel) will become fruitful and make the Land your heritage.” Rashi Commentary (B’reishis
Rabbi Novick then discovered the first of the prophetic promises by the Chazal, the“Sages of Blessed Memory”. These were the authoritative opinions of the Talmudic scholars that was concerning the invincibility of the Jews:
Torah Prophecy Number 1 - “The Israelites are invincible with the assistance of G-d once they number, 600,000”.
As recorded in the Yalkut Shimoni of the Jewish Aggadah;
Yalkut Shimoni 33:135 – “If the neighboring Canaanites feel personally threatened by your actions, they may attack us now and since we’re fewer than 600,000 and thus very vulnerable, they’ll wipe us all out. Our family may thus never attain nationhood because of the aggression you just committed.
Certainly we had to rescue Dinah but it should have been accomplished in a manner that wouldn’t panic the Canaanites into attacking us while we’re still a small family. Your actions may cost us our promise of nationhood because the Canaanites know that we are only invincible when we reach 600,000."
As long as we’re still a small family we are unfortunately very vulnerable – and the Canaanites know this. If you wouldn’t have acted so aggressively, we could have quietly grown to 600,000 and then, when numbering 600,000 – at that point with Hashem’s assistance we would become invincible and be able to weather any attack. Were they to attack us at that time they would lose. Now you have ‘clouded up the waters’; now you may have caused them to attack us earlier and should we be attacked now, we may have no chance at surviving such an attack.’” (Rabbi Novick, page 22)
In the years just prior to World War I, the Jewish population in Israel was about 56,000. By the year of World War II, the population had exploded to over 400,000. It should not surprise us that in the British census in 1946, the Jewish population had now achieved the prophetic marker of a population of over 600,000 Jews. The G-d of Israel was now preparing his own people, the Jews, for the concept that when their population was over 600,000, they would become invincible, if they accepted the spiritual alliance with the G-d of Israel.
This is what our Patriarch Jacob was alluding to when he was speaking to all of his twelve sons; the Twelve Patriarchs of the Entire House of Israel. At the time of the abduction and rape of Jacob’s daughter Dinah, he felt so vulnerable, because he knew that they would not reach the population of over 600,000 until centuries later; the fact that precipitated Moses’ Great Exodus from Egypt. Yet, Rabbi Novick discovered a second great prophetic alignment of the 600,000 descendants of Israel in a far and distant future era.
Torah Prophecy Number 2 – “Just as the Exodus from Egypt and entry into the Land occurred with 600,000 so will the EXACT same thing happen again Right before the Era of Moshiach, we’ll INHERIT the Land and become INDEPENDENT when we number 600,000.”
Immediately after the Declaration of Independence, announced by the Israeli President David ben Gurion, the virtually weaponless Jewish peoples were attacked by millions of Islamic Arabs of five nations. They planned to murder every Jewish person in Israel while at the same time make the Holy Land of Israel, Judenrein (free of Jews). Yet as promised by the G-d of Israel, by the time of the independence of the State of Israel on May 15, 1948, the census of the Jewish population in the Land of Israel had exceeded 604,000 people. When they won the war against the innumerable odds against an enemy infinitely larger than they, the fear of the G-d of Israel began to settle within the hearts and minds of their Muslim enemies.
But the promises continued to escalate. According to the Chazal, the “Sages of Blessed Memory”, Rabbi Nisan Aryeh Novick disovered that the Land of Israel will again be under Hebrew (Jewish and possibly Lost Tribes of Israel’s) dominion and control before the Messianic Era of the Maschiah ben Dovid (Messiah son of David). As written;
The First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion: 1948 Photo by Dmitri Kessel
Torah Prophecy Number 3 – “Just as the Exodus from Egypt and entry into the Land occurred with 600,000 so will the EXACT same thing happen again Right before the Era of Moshiach, we’ll INHERIT the Land and become INDEPENDENT when we number 600,000.” (Zohar, Introduction citing the Talmud Shabbos 88b with Maharsha plus Yalkut Shimoni on Hoshea, Chapter 2, paragraph 918)
The Jewish people, with a population now over 600,000 Jews did become independent in 1948, but
they did not inherit the entire land of Israel from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. So the prophetic enigmas still continued to perplex Rabbi Novick. He began to ponder: when the Children of Israel left the land of Israel, the 600,000 reported in the Torah were not just the entire population of the Children of Israel, but this number represented the number of the men capable of defending the Children of Israel in the wilderness in which they would wander the next forty years.
He then pondered and came to another exciting discovery. When did the fighting force of the Israeli Defense Force in Israel today that constitutes every Jewish male over the age of 20 have the same number of Jewish males that escaped from Egypt 3,500 years ago? This date was discoverable in the archives of the IDF.
Rabbi Novick combed the archives of the Israeli Defense Force, and there it was. The Israelite above the age of 20 who was a soldier was called a “Yotrzay tzava”. The Jewish population above the age of 20 was called a “A yid git an aytzah”. There in the statistics of the Israeli Defense Force statistics he discovered that in 1965, the adult male population exceeded the number of 600,000. In fact in the year of 5725 (1965), the exact number Jewish male warriors was 631,330.
Then the Chazal in the Zohar began to connect the redemption of the city of Jerusalem and Israel with the number of the Jewish males as being over 600,000. As reported in the Zohar, we read about how the G-d of Israel will accompany the Jewish people in their world-wide exile even while they redeem Jerusalem and free her from foreign gentile occupations. This would be the time in which the heavenly Jerusalem and the earthly Jerusalem will once again be connected in an earthly-celestial alignment:
Torah Prophecy Number 4 – “Hashem will only end His self-imposed Galus when He will accompany the Jews in their world wide exile and Hashem will enter Celestial Yerushalayim when there are 600,000 adult Jewish males below (in physical Israel).” (Tikunay Zohar on Yeshayahu 60:23)
So now we have four independent Torah prophesies alluding to the number of descendants of Judah as being associated with 600,000 people that would be fulfilled in their final dimension at the end of days:
- “The Israelites are invincible with the assistance of G-d once they number, 600,000”.
- “At the time of the independence of the State of Israel on May 15, 1948, the number of Jews exceeded 604,000, and they became invincible against millions of Islamic attackers.
- “Just as the Exodus from Egypt and entry into the Land occurred with 600,000 so will the EXACT same thing happen again Right before the Era of Moshiach, the Jewish people in the Diaspora will INHERIT the Land and become INDEPENDENT when we number 600,000.”
- “Hashem will only end His self-imposed Galus when He will accompany the Jews from their world wide exile and Hashem will enter Celestial Yerushalayim when there are 600,000 adult Jewish males below (in physical Israel). (Tikunay Zohar on Yeshayahu 60:23)
Shortly after the Jewish people gained their independence in 1948, they fought and won the war that was fought against the Coalition of five Arab States. After that date, the Nation of Jordan began its occupation over the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem. The international enclave within Jerusalem was now divided between Israel and Jordan.
The Jordan government expelled all the Jewish residents of East Jerusalem. Whereas Jerusalem today is open for worship to all Christians, Jews and Muslim, under the Jordanian rule, all but one of the 35 Jewish synagogues in the Old City were destroyed, including the famed Hurva Synagogue, over the course of the next 19 years. They were demolished, converted to stables or hen houses. Any historical building that had religious significance were modernized to lose all of their identity.
Israel's Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett (R) seated with members of the Israeli Provisional Government with Golda Meir (C) in Israel while Israel Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (L) reads Proclamation of Nationhood. Jerusalem, Israel May 1948 – Photo by Frank Scherschel
On the Mount of Olives, the Jewish cemetery was desecrated by the Jordanians. The Jewish tombstone and monuments were destroyed, many of which were used to pave roads like the road leading to the Intercontinental Hotel. Other tombstones were incorporated into the Muslim construction projects in other parts of the city. They even lined the latrines in the city with Jewish tombstones. Jordan was no friend of Israel then or today.
How amazing it has been that, according to the prophetic panorama given by Hashem to the sages of Israel, we can now see that Hashem, the G-d of Israel is now actively engaged with the final events of earth’s history.
The Age of the Gentiles has now gone. The Divine One of Israel is now reigning in His Celestial Jerusalem in the spiritual realms over His “mirror image” located in His physical Jerusalem. This was even confirmed in the Jewish year of 5765 in which all the males over the age of 20 numbered 600,000 in the Land of Israel in 1965 and two years later, after the Six-Day War of 1967, the Zionist Nation of Israel had total control of both East and West Jerusalem for the first time over 1900 years. Yet this is comprehended only by those with “eyes that can see” and “ears that can hear”.
Gleanings from the Out-of-Print Book – “Fascinating Torah Prophecies Currently Unfolding” - Rabbi Nisan Aryeh Novick – Netzach Yisrael Publications, 1997
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This Biblical portrayal of the lives of the Ancient Israelites opens our minds and our hearts that the will of the G-d of Israel will not be complete until all the Twelve Tribes of Israel are home in the Land He has promised for them. The Prophecies that the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel are about to return to the Land of their Biblical Inheritance is real and divinely appointed. The Divine Destiny in living reality is that the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel will return to their Homelands first in Shomron (Samaria), Israel. If you want to learn more, Contact “Kol Ha Tor Vision”, the Voice of the Turtledove.
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