Pinchas: Chapter 106

"Rebuke the wild beast of the reed grass"


Rabbi Shimon explains the meaning of the wild beast and the reed grass. He says that the reed is the head over all the kingdoms and in the future God will break it like a reed.

[Verse 743] Rabbi Shimon says that Esau is Rome that is attached to the reed that Gabriel stuck in the great sea; the reed is also called leavened bread. When the Redemption comes God will break that reed and the Temple will be revealed in the world. The Faithful Shepherd compares the two Temples to the pupils of the eye that are clouded. He talks about the two Messiahs and looks forward to the day when the rule of Rome will be broken.