What is the secret of Yishmael’s blessings? How is it that they have so much wealth with so little effort (it costs $5 a barrel to pump and distribute oil from Saudi Arabia – and they sell it for $80 – great business!)
It is well known that Yishma’el means “G-d will listen”.
If we delve deeper into the name, we see that the name of G-d in Yishma’el’s name is “El”. Kabbalistically, this name is associated with the attribute of chesed – pure, unrestrained kindness. (“Chesed El kol ha’yom”). Chesed is kindness even for those completely undeserving.
There is no more completely undeserving actor on the world stage today than Yishmael – this nation is absolutely wicked – but, because the source of their blessing is chesed, they receive tremendous blessing even though they are completely unworthy of it.
Thus, we should rejoice when we see Yishmael receive his blessings – the greater the blessing, the greater the unworthiness, and the greater the ultimate and fierce divine judgment.
G-d willing, my family and I are moving to E”Y next week. It took about three years of planning, but we’re finally moving!
Please, dear readers (if you are still around), please pray for our family’s success!!