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    Many Jewish people
    feel frightened at this
    time as antisemitism
    reaches new peaks.
    Many wonder where
    would be a safe
    place to migrate, while they know that
    there isn’t any safe place in the world, as
    our enemies are scattered all over the
    To address this, let’s revisit the story of
    Purim with some reflections on the
    holiday that are very relevant today:
    When Achashverosh decided to kill all
    the Jews with the advice of Haman, he
    sent a decree throughout the entire world
    to kill them all in one day, men, women,
    and children without exceptions.
    This decree seems to not align with the
    explanation of the Ramban (and Rabenu
    Bechayei), who wrote on the meeting of
    Yaakov with Esav when Yaakov split his
    people into two camps(ט ,לב בראשית (. The
    pasuk says that if one camp were to be
    killed, the other camp would escape and
    survive. The Ramban writes that from

    this, we learn about the future history of
    Klal Israel that in their interactions with
    the descendants of Esav, where they will
    be persecuted, there will always be a
    place of safety to escape to: “The intent of
    this is that Yaakov knew that not all his
    descendants would fall into Esav’s hands.
    Therefore, in any case, one camp would
    be saved. This also implies that the
    descendants of Esav will not formulate a
    decree against us designed to obliterate
    our name entirely, but they will do harm
    to some of us in some of their countries.
    One of their kings will decree against our
    wealth or our persons in his country,
    while simultaneously another king will
    show compassion and save the refugees.
    And so the Rabbis said (Bereshith
    Rabbah) “If Esav comes to the one camp
    and strikes it — these are our brethren in
    the south. Then the camp which is left
    shall escape — these are our brethren in
    the Diaspora.” Our Rabbis thus saw that
    this chapter alludes also to future
    The Ramban teaches us an important

    insight that he repeats a few
    times in his work: whatever
    happened to our patriarchs
    will always happen to our
    (מעשה אבות- סימן לבנים)nation
    . The story above tells of
    how the Jewish people
    survived the long and hard
    exile, where there was
    constant persecution of the
    Jews. Some were able to
    escape in time to other
    places in the world.
    The Gemara also acknowledges this
    Hashem 🙂 פסחים פז, ב)saying ,point
    performed a charitable deed with Israel
    by scattering them among the nations.
    Had He exiled them to one place, they
    could have all been destroyed at once.
    Considering this, how then would
    Achashverosh be able to exterminate the
    entire Jewish nation?
    The possible answer to this is that there is
    a difference between the descendants of
    Esav and others. The Ramban explained
    that this is our fate during the Esav’s
    exile. However, Achashverosh was not
    from Esav; therefore, the fate of the
    entire Jewish nation under his rule was
    in jeopardy.
    This also explains what Chazal tell us in
    Yalkut Shimoni about the end of days
    (תצט רמז ישעיהו(, that Israel will be in
    turmoil and distress and ask, ‘Where
    shall we escape? Where shall we go?’
    This means that in our times, when
    times will get tough, the Jewish people
    will look for a safe place but
    unfortunately will not find any, as any
    place in the world will be hostile. This is
    how it is now; there is no safe place in
    the world because Jew-haters from
    Ishmael are in every corner of the world
    without any exceptions. Therefore,
    when a Jew asks where he can find a
    safe place in the world, there is nowhere
    to find. This is how we explain the
    prophecy of Bilaam who said about
    Ishmael in the end of time(כא ,כד במדבר (
    : “Strong is your dwelling,” to point out
    that Ishmael will have a stronghold and
    populate every continent in the world.
    Another source that Ishmael will be
    populated and dwell throughout the
    globe is what Hashem says about the
    : (בראשית טז, יב):Ishmael of descendants
    “And he shall dwell in the presence of

    all his brethren” — Rashi explains that
    his progeny will be numerous, but the
    essence of the verse teaches more. Firstly,
    that Ishmael’s descendants will dwell all
    over the world. Secondly, that they will
    live in other nations’ countries, as it says
    that they will dwell among their brethren.
    If one pays close attention to the way the
    Torah defines Ishmael’s children
    compared to Esav’s, we’ll see that with
    Esav, the Torah calls them “aluf” —
    s’Ishmael while ,) בראשית לו, טו- מג)chiefs
    children are just listed without any
    seems reason The .) בראשית כה, יב- יד)titles
    to be that Esav’s children have a character
    of loyalty and have always had lands and
    empires, while Ishmael’s nature is to live
    at the expense of others or in deserts. This
    enables them to spread all over without
    their hosts realizing that they are taking
    over their land and threatening the
    Although this sounds very frightening
    and depressing, we should look at the
    continuing words of Chazal, where they
    point out that Hashem Himself reassures
    us and says, ‘My children, do not fear. All
    that I have done, I have done only for
    your sake. Why are you afraid? The time
    for your redemption has come. And there
    is no need to fear.’ In that time, Hashem
    will reveal the light of the Messiah and
    the light of Israel, as it is said, ‘Arise,
    shine, for your light has come, and the
    glory of Hashem has shone upon you’
    .(ישעיה ס, א)
    There is a double encouragement here.
    First, the fact that we shouldn’t worry as
    Hashem will save us. But even more
    significant is the fact that Hashem says
    that the redemption has come. This means
    that whenever we are in a situation where
    there is no safe place in the world to
    escape, it is the time when the final
    redemption is very near.