Parshat Vayechi – ויחי
Jacob’s Blessing for Benjamin
Jacob said: Benjamin is a vicious wolf
בִּנְיָמִין זְאֵב יִטְרָף
blessing this tribe to be ferocious in battle
(Genesis 49: 27)
One can make a sardonic comparison to
Isaiah’s (11:6) messianic prophecy:
“A wolf and a lamb will live (peaceably) together”
וְגָר זְאֵב עִם-כֶּבֶשׂ
referring here to Israel’s (now the Lamb)
future relation to its enemies (now the Wolf)
who will be around
but won’t (be able to) harm.
The problem is that so far
the “wolf” in the painting
has not yet read Isaiah.
Oops! Poor Dumb Lamb!
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