L'Shana Tovah!

L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu!
A blessed Yom HaZikkaron, Yom Teruah, and Rosh HaShanah to you all. 
May HaShem inscribe you and seal you for a tremendously blessed and sweet new year.


Face to face

The Malakh of HaShem found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And He said, "Hagar, maid of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?" She said, "I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai." The Malakh of HaShem said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit to her." The Malakh of HaShem also said to her, "I will so greatly multiply your descendants that they cannot be numbered for multitude." And the Malakh of HaShem said to her, "Behold, you are with child, and shall bear a son; you shall call his name Ishmael; because HaShem has given heed to your affliction. He shall be a wild ass of a man, his hand against every man and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen." So she called the name of HaShem who spoke to her, "You are El who sees me"; for she said, "Have I really seen G-d and remained alive after seeing Him?" – Genesis 16:7-13

Then Yakov was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when he saw that he did not prevail against Him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Yakov's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, "Let me go, for the day breaks." But he said, "I will not let you go unless You bless me!" So He said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Yakov." And He said, "your name will no longer be called Yakov, but Yisrael; for you struggled with G-d  and with men, and have prevailed." Then Yakov asked Him, saying, "Tell me Your name, I pray." And He said, "Why is it that you ask about My name?" And He blessed him there. And Yacov called the name of the place Peniel (Face of G-d): "For I have seen G-d face to face, and my life is preserved."  - Genesis 32:24-30


The Sages on The Servant

Moses ben-Maimon, Maimonides (1135-1204) wrote to Rabbi Jacob Alfajumi: Likewise said Isaiah that He (Messiah) would appear without acknowledging a father or mother: “He grew up before Him as a tender plant and as a root out of a dry ground” etc. (Isaiah 53:2).

Talmud, Sanhedrin 98b: Rav said: The world was created only on David’s account. Samuel said: On Moses account; R. Johanan said: For the sake of the Messiah. What is His [the Messiah’s] name? - The Rabbis said: His name is “the leper scholar,” as it is written, Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him a leper, smitten of G-d, and afflicted. 

Talmud, Sanhedrin 98b: Messiah... what is His name? The Rabbis say, “the leprous one”; those of the house of the Rabbi say: “Cholaja” (the sickly), for it says, “Surely He has borne our sicknesses” etc. (Isaiah 53:4).

Targum Jonathan (4th Century) gives the introduction on Isaiah 52:13: “Behold, My servant the Messiah...” 


The Forest Lion

"But you, Beit-Lechem near Efrat, so small among the clans of Y'hudah, out of you will come forth to me the future ruler of Isra'el, whose origins are far in the past, back in ancient times.  Therefore he will give up Isra'el only until she who is in labor gives birth. Then the rest of his kinsmen will return to the people of Isra'el.  He will stand and feed his flock in the strength of ADONAI, in the majesty of the name of ADONAI his G-d; and they will stay put, as he grows great to the very ends of the earth; ... Then the remnant of Ya'akov, surrounded by many peoples, will be like dew from ADONAI, like showers on the grass, which doesn't wait for a man or expect anything from mortals.  The remnant of Ya'akov among the nations, surrounded by many peoples, will be like a lion among forest animals, like a young lion among flocks of sheep - if it passes through, tramples and tears to pieces, there is no one to rescue them.  Your hand will be raised over your enemies; all your adversaries will be destroyed."

Many refer to this passage from Micah 5 for it's indication of the birthplace of Mashiach, Bethlehem, and rightly so, but there is so much more contained within it.