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GENESIS 35:11 – DIVINE COMFORT

When G-d Declares ‘Enough’ to Suffering

Genesis 35:11

And G-d said to him,
“I am El Shaddai.
Be fertile and increase;
A nation, yea an assembly of nations,
Shall descend from you.
Kings shall issue from your loins.
 וַיֹּ֩אמֶר֩ ל֨וֹ אֱלֹקים אֲנִ֨י אֵ֤ל שַׁקי֙ פְּרֵ֣ה וּרְבֵ֔ה גּ֛וֹי וּקְהַ֥ל גּוֹיִ֖ם יִֽהְיֶ֣ה מִמֶּ֑ךָּ וּמְלָכִ֖ים מֵֽחֲלָצֶ֥יךָ יֵצֵֽאוּ:

After a brief ceasefire, the ongoing struggle, condemned by G-d and all believers in His Word, underscores a fundamental truth: the Holy Land belongs to His people—the Jewish people—and no one else. The declaration “I am El Shakai” resonates with the meaning “Dai – Enough!” Here, G-d, who proclaimed “enough” to His creation, should similarly declare “enough” to the suffering of His people (Bereishit Rabbah 92:1).

In this context, the plea is for people to refrain from coveting what does not rightfully belong to them. The world offers ample space for everyone to find their place. Israel, in its modest request for a secure homeland, is not seeking an expanse beyond necessity.

Let us acknowledge the suffering we may not fully comprehend, aspiring to utter “enough” when faced with the incomprehensible. May our understanding of G-d’s actions deepen, fostering a trust that His ways are inherently good. This sentiment, rooted in faith and comprehension, forms the bedrock of a harmonious existence.

Exploring Insights: What Can We Learn?

1. **Respect for Property Rights:**

 The text underscores the importance of respecting property rights and avoiding unjust claims to land and possessions.

2. **Trust in G-d’s Plan:**

 It encourages trust in G-d’s plan and His goodness, even in the face of seemingly incomprehensible suffering.

3. **Harmonious Society through Faith:**

It emphasizes the significance of a society built on faith, understanding, and respect for each other’s rights, fostering a harmonious coexistence.


By Angelique Sijbolts

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Texts from Sefaria.org

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