Jacob last blessings encompass traits and qualities that shape Israel's identity. As we mentioned in our previous commentaries on this portion in this blog, these blessings are given in the spirit of unity and togetherness of Israel as a family and as a nation.
“(...) 'Gather yourselves together',” “Assemble yourselves, and hear, you sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.” (Genesis 49:1-2)
Besides being extensions as expressions of consciousness, they are also contained within each other. Blessings are manifest as long as we pursue their meaning and purpose.
We need the cunning of Dan to protect the goodness of Joseph, and safeguard Issachar's Torah wisdom. We need Judah's leadership towards love's redemption in order to guide Zebulun's journeys in the sea, and empower Naphtali's eloquence to proclaim Benjamin's eagerness to defend justice, righteousness and freedom.
Our choice to reject the negative trends in consciousness is a blessing, for we choose goodness over evil. Likewise, we are blessed when we are reminded to respect the rights of others in order for them to respect ours, as it occurred with Jacob's address to Reuben.
Jacob's final words to his sons contain ethical values as directions to enhance and empower the positive potentials in our consciousness. Indeed life is the vessel where God's blessings are bestowed, and every level of consciousness is expected to experience them, and manifest them in our immediate surroundings.
In this sense love transcends time and space as the essence that gives us life, and sustains our identity beyond life. Love is what we are and have before we are born and after we die. Love is what keeps us alive here and beyond. In this awareness we realize that love is what we have beyond the material world.
The more we love each day, the more we shall keep loving in our after life's days. This is about recognizing and embracing love as our essence and true identity here in the material world and beyond. Thus we understand the transcendence of love. Some compare love's transcendence to soul's transcendence because both exist beyond the limits of time and space.
“(...) that the Lord may establish His word which He spoke concerning me, saying: 'If your children take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you', said He, [as if He were] a man on the throne of Israel.” (I Kings 2:4)
This is the way we find our essence and true identity. We must understand that love is the way through which we find ourselves, and it is also the means to find our Creator. For His love is the truth in which we walk with our own love.