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Parashat Hashavuah: On Going to Yerushalayim, Unity, and Divine SpiritHarav Yosef Carmel
The last pasuk of the haftara, about Shimshon, says that “the spirit of Hashem began l’fa’amo in the camp of Dan between Tzora and Eshta’ol.” Let us start by explaining the word l’fa’amo.
Rashi says that it means from time to time. In other words, the Divine Spirit came to him sporadically, which is a normal thing for prophecy (introduction to Moreh Nevuchim). The Radak gives two explanations: that the Spirit strengthened this warrior; that Yaakov’s prophecy about Shimshon started to ring out like a bell. The Ralbag said that like a bell, he oscillated between the ideas to attack the Plishtim and not to. Mahari Kara says that the Spirit would shake him, and the Metzudot says that it referred to movement, as pa’am can refer to legs.
The reference to the camp of Dan may hint at Yaakov’s prophecy about the tribe, which its tribesman, Shimshon, carried out (Radak). Tzora and Eshta’ol may hint at the actions of the Plishtim, as these were cities that bordered the region of that nation (Mahari Kara).
Let us now try to understand the significance of Shimshon’s actions. He was trying to extricate the Israelites from the grip of the Plishti dominance and win independence. As is important in matters of leadership throughout that period, was this leader from Leah or Rachel? Another point that is important to consider is whether he was able to create unity.
The word l’fa’amo hints at both matters. The word is used about the practice of going to the
Let us hope that also in our generation, the generation of “the beginnings of liberation,” we will be wise enough to strengthen the phenomena mentioned above. We hope to see the visitation of a unified (in all manners) Yerushalayim, involving the powers of all elements of the nation. That should hopefully merit us with the dwelling of the Divine Presence and a spirit of Hashem that will come upon our leaders.
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R' Meir ben