Avrohom's death seemed to have sparked a chain reaction. On that same day Nimrod died, murdered at the hands of Eisav. Eisav, with that violent action, commenced his evil career. Coincidence? Of course not. But what is the connection between these history shaping events? Maybe the connection between all these events is the purpose of creation and the reason for evil in the world. At our core we are all good. Hashem would like to reward us so he challenges us to remain good in the face of evil. Therefore the evil we face must be diametrically opposed to the goodness we contain.
Avrohom's mission was to teach the world that there is only one Hashem who
tends to every minute detail. Countering this, Hashem brought him a nemesis in
the form of Nimrod whose whole lifelong goal was to extinguish Hashem's name
from the face of the earth. His two famous appearances in the Torah were both
wars. One against Hashem himself and the other against Avrohom when the four
King's, among them Nimrod waged war on the five kings with Avrohom being the
real target. Once Avrohom died, Nimrod had no reason to exist and he was
immediately removed from the scene. By who? The next great evil, Eisav. He was
an exact twin of Yaakov and the polar opposite.
Yaakov represented the Koach HaTorah and Eisav went out his way to commit the
most horrendous aveiros of the Torah. Unlike the evolving nature of good that
builds on the previous generation's work, as we first discover Yaakov cooking
lentils in mourning for his grandfather Avrohom, the passing of the torch among
the bad comes out of acts of violence with Eisav murdering his predecessor
Nimrod. Not surprisingly Eisav's head was chopped off as Yaakov was being laid
The following is an excerpt from a State Department briefing of November 15th.
MR. TONER: We’re obviously in close consultation with Israel, as you well know. The President spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday. Let me finish. Let me be very clear that Israel has a right to self-defense. As of yesterday, I believe the Israeli Government noted that since the beginning of 2012, more than 768 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza, and over 12,000 in the past 12 years, and I believe over a hundred today alone. They have a right to self-defense.
QUESTION: Are --
MR. TONER: The onus – let me be very clear – the onus here is on Hamas. And as Jay Carney just said from the White House, it claims to have the best interests of the Palestinian people at heart, but through its actions it’s showing a far different agenda.
QUESTION: Are you counting the number of rockets and air raids that Israel has conducted on Gaza into (inaudible)?
MR. TONER: Again, we need to see Hamas stop its rocket attacks and then we can see a de-escalation of the violence.
QUESTION: Do the Palestinians in Gaza have the same right to self-defense?
MR. TONER: This is violence instigated by Hamas. We have – as we’ve said very clearly in our statement yesterday, that we extend our sympathies to the victims, innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians that have been affected by this violence. But let’s be very clear where the onus likes.
Read all: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2012/11/200598.htm