A Jewish Reflection on the 11 Anniversary of 9/11
Lessons Concerning 9/11 and the Truth of America
Supposedly, the name “Uncle Sam,” referring to the government of the United States of America, comes from its two initial letters (US). But, it really has a much, much deeper meaning, as you will see.
SAMAEL (pronounced Sam-kel when spoken) is a Prince of the demons, and an important figure both in Talmudic and in post-Talmudic literature, where he appears as: The Seducer, The Accuser, and The Destroyer. His name is etymologized as “The Venom of God,” since he is identical with The Angel of Death (Targ. Yer. to Gen. iii. 6; see also Death, Angel of), who slays men with a drop of poison.
As the incarnation of evil, Samael (or Sam) is the celestial patron of the sinful empire of Rome, with which Edom and Esau are identified (Tan. on Gen. xxxii. 35; Jellinek, l.c. vi. 31, 109, etc.).
Samael flies through the air like a bird (Targ. to Job xxviii. 7), and, while the ḥayyot and ofannim have only six wings, he has twelve and commands a whole army of demons (Pirḳe R. El. xiii.). In so far as Samael is identified with The Serpent (“J. Q. R.” vi. 12), with carnal desire (Yeẓer ha-Ra’), and with the Angel of Death. All legends associated with Satan refer equally to this Power of Darkness; meanwhile as a miscreant he is compared to Belial (that is, “worthless”).
All these descriptions of Samael show that he was regarded simply as The Principle of Evil that brought upon Israel and Judah every misfortune that befell them. Even at the Creation of the world Samael was Lucifer, who ever sought evil and who began his malignant activity with Adam haRishom in Gan Eden. His opponent is Michael, who represents The Beneficent Principle, and who frequently comes into conflict with him.(Read more from the Jewish Encyclopedia)
Who indeed was the malach (angel) who came to do battle with Ya’akov? It was this highly evil angel with whom Ya’akov Avinu wrestled on his return to Eretz Yisrael. Rashi quotes Chazal (one of our Sages) who identify him as “Saro shel Eisav” – the ministering angel of Eisav. (Bereishis Rabbah 77:3; Midrash Tanchuma 8)”. The struggle, commentators explain, it was not a simple wrestling match.
“…Eisav is the antithesis of everything holy and ethical. His ministering angel, thus, represents the Forces of Evil that do battle with the Ya’akov’s of the world, attempting to draw the righteous from the Just Path, and entice them to forsake their spiritual assets in favour of material trappings and ambitions.
(Parshat Vayishlach @ Torah.org) (Read more here.)
And what all that has anything to do with 9/11?
The World Trade Center was the physical representation of “material trappings and ambition” in a city which represents all of that for the whole world.
The fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11 was the physical representation of the spiritual fall of Eisav’s evil ministering angel, as well as the representation of the ultimate collapse of Materialism as a power. Such a collapse began with the launching of the war in Afghanistan on Hoshanah Rabbah 5762 (September 2001) and proceeded to the War in Iraq, and until today when the US and Europe are teetering on bankruptcy.
Samael, Eisav’s ministering angel, or Uncle Sam, climbed so high up the ladder that the only way to come back down was to fall. And although it doesn’t look much like it from where we are standing now, that day the power of Yisrael began to finally rise.
By the way, did all this explain some things to you regarding the US government? Where do you think the American politicians are leading their unwitting population?