13) The portion describes how Abraham's servant finds Isaac a wife.
The "test" involves a visit to Rebecca's family.
She rushes forward to give him drink, and to feed all his camels.
Caring, strong, and modest.
Relevance: The strong women fighting now.
23) Per the Rebbe, Sarah essentially said to Abraham: "in every refinement process there is the extractable ore and the unprofitable rubble. Hagar and Ishmael represent elements of My creation too crude, too volatile, to be redeemed by your efforts."
God told Abraham to listen.
24) Recall that Hagar's father was the king who (as per the custom of the day) immediately took Sarah to rape her upon her entry to Egypt with Abraham.
25) When God basically told the Egyptian king to back off, he sent Abraham and Sarah away and also sent Hagar with them, because they were holy.
26) In the interim between her banishment and return, Hagar is refined, and returns "Keturah"--
"her deeds were as pleasing as incense and because she tied up her opening...from the day she left Abraham, she did not couple with any man.”
27) Recall that Ishmael received a blessing to become a great/mighty/powerful nation. Isaac received God's blessing to become a great nation in number, to receive the Torah, and to receive the land of Israel.
28) Of course Jesus was Jewish. This link alludes to the fact that Christians are part of the promise that God made to Abraham for Isaac specifically.
31) "However, Abraham's life includes a post-Sarah era as well—an era in which the most savage of Ishmaels and the most foreign of Hagars have a place in Abraham's family."
32) "This era in Abraham's life is the forerunner and prototype for the age...when 'no longer will your Master be cloaked; your eyes shall see your Master' (Isaiah 30:20)"
33) "when the divine essence of creation will no longer be shrouded in a mantle of corporeality and the positive utility of every creature will be manifest and accessible."
34) So what is getting in the way of redemption?
35) Basically we are dealing with fake Jews, aka the "Erev Rav." This is "the most difficult enemy the Jews have ever encountered." (Rabbi Hillel Rivlin of Shklov, a student of the sage the Vilna Gaon)
36) The Erev Rav is the worst enemy the Jews face because it hides itself within the Jewish people, within communities that look spiritually holy as well as those who claim to espouse Jewish values but don't. It is our equivalent of the Antichrist.
37) The Erev Rav mixes with Esav (the descendants of Rome, the anti-God occultists seeking only power) and Yishmael (these are the unrefined descendants of Yishmael, radical Islamic terrorists) and in so doing prevents the two Messiahs from joining.
38) The two Messiahs are political Zionism (ben Yosef) and religious Judaism (ben David).
39) This may sound very complex but it's actually simple.
--Find the people who serve God, and none other. Unite with them.
--Coalesce Zionists around a nation state that honors God and Judaism.
--Speak out against fake Jews, fake Christians, and radical Islamic terrorists.
40) Don't be taken in by political correctness.
We can do this if we only stick with Truth.
Have a good day and Shabbat Shalom.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.