Stairway To Peoplehood

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  1. new york yid says:

    “Thus, in a very real way, Jacob never really died; he metamorphosed, rather, into Israel, into the Jewish people. Jacob the individual may have passed on, and was duly eulogized and buried. But the new identity he assumed before his death – his transmutation into Israel – lives on in his descendants.”
    For a lengthier explication of this concept I recommend Rav Yosef Dov Soloveichik’s “The Emergence of Ethical Man” Chapter 9, where he discusses the Avos’ “Historical Personalities.”

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