Zohar Ki Tavo
Continued from DZ 2235
After bringing the offerings to the priest in the Holy Temple the Torah instructs us to tell the priest:
“וְעָנִיתָ וְאָמַרְתָּ לִפְנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֲרַמִּי אֹבֵד אָבִי, וַיֵּרֶד מִצְרַיְמָה, וַיָּגָר שָׁם בִּמְתֵי מְעָט; וַיְהִי-שָׁם, לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל עָצוּם וָרָב.”
“And you shall make response before YHVH your God, ‘An Aramean wanted to perish my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous.”
We mention these words in the story of Passover to make connection to the Final Redemption. The sages tell us that the Aramean is Laban, who had the plan to control Jacob and destroy the future of the Israelites. His grandson, Balaam, tried to do the same later when the children of Israel, who is Jacob, were on the way to their Promised Land.
Coming to the Holy Temple and telling these words to the priest is a unique precept. We declare before YHVH that we know that even if we go through a difficult process, the final outcome is great. We have certainty in the ways of the Creator and understand that whatever hardship we experience, it is just a temporary state on the path to great things.
Israel is hated now by a blind world, even if terrorists attacks them in their homes. This is the last attempt of the other side to block the Israelite from reaching the Promised Land, which is the state of peace and the third Holy Temple active in Jerusalem.