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Portion MatosMasei :Who needs all those Tribes (tribalism and the Moshiach)

Portion MatosMasei :Who needs all those Tribes (tribalism and the Moshiach)

No, I am not talking about the 12 tribes of Israel. Totally.

In this week's Torah double  portion it tells of

The tribes of Ruben and Gad - who tell Moses
they do not want the land promised them by the Allmģģty,
But the already conquered kingdoms of Sichoon and Og

In short
Who needs tribes like that?

But that's what we need to learn this week - that
There are many places in the world still organized according to tribalism.
And how consideraton can conquer tribalism

There are still African tribes - wow - I met so many different groups from Afria - and
Indian tribes
Afghani tribes
Saudi tribes, and even lots of European tribalism.

Cultural heritage can be a wonderful enriching and warming part of everyone's lives

Until tribalism turns it  COLD!

Anti semitic talk and action - like all hatred - is protected by tribalism.

"Coldness" is the opposite of comfortable. Judaism is in the world to
warm up peoples one to another

So in this portion those 2 tribes say "we will act as the scouts as we 12 Tribes enter Israel (canaan)
and we will not return back to the lands of the wicked Sichon and Og until EVERYONE IS SETTLED

And so it was for about 500 years - despite inter-tribal disputes, the Israelites lived as
(sometimes waring) brothers-
12 Tribes trying - but not always succeeding - to work things out.

Israel was not ready for world peace - and so we were exiled - to rebuild for a second chance - the
Second Temple period.

The Romans killed that chance - believing in world domination via tribes -
destroying everything in their way - including the Second Temple.

The next couple of weeks is the time of longing for Moshiach and solving world problems

From Rabbi Shlomo : talking about Tisha B A V

"The whole idea is that G-d created the world and G-d put man here so that he should bring the messiah, and that he should fix the world. The world isn't complete yet. G-d left it incomplete and we have to complete the world. 

Imagine we will be sitting here in this room and there are so many people here, each person is thinking and feeling something else.

Now imagine one person walks into a room and yet every person will continue talking to each other but there will be a oneness in the room. 

You need one person to bring oneness into a certain place, even into a room full of disparate people.
The world needs one person whose soul is big enough to suddenly make ‘one’ out of the world."

And it is the job of the Jewish People to facilitate that
Shabbat Shalom 
Health Life and Love and True Friendship

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz


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