Ure’eh banim l’vanecha / shalom al yisrael. And you [will be blessed] to see your children’s children / And there will be peace for all of IsraelLit. ”the one who struggles with God.” Israel means many things. It is first used with reference to Jacob, whose name is changed to Israel (Genesis 32:29), the one who struggles with God. Jacob’s children, the Jewish people, become B’nai Israel, the children of Israel. The name also refers to the land of Israel and the State of Israel.. (Psalm 128). As the rabbis might ask: What is the relationship of the reisha (the first part of this statement) and the seifa (the second part)? What does seeing your grandchildren have to do with peace in Israel? According to MosheThe quintessential Jewish leader who spoke face to face with God, unlike any other prophet, and who freed the people from Egypt, led them through the desert for forty years, and received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. His Hebrew name is Moshe. Hellner, may his memory be for a blessing, when a daughter gets married her father asks himself, “Who is this guy she is marrying? How is he worthy of her?” When he sees the grandchildren before him, all is forgiven, and there is “peace in Israel.” For many people, becoming a grandparent is a high point of life, the payoff for all those years of piano lessons, trips to the orthodontist, peanut butter sandwiches, and sleepless nights. The moment when one looks upon the face of one’s grandchild is worthy of a special blessing. Several of our contributors offer their ideas.
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