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R. Eleazar further stated: What is meant by the text, And in thee shall the families of the earth be blessed?(14) The Holy One, blessed be He, said to Abraham, ‘I have two goodly shoots to engraft15 on you: Ruth the Moabitess and Naamah the Ammonitess’. 16 All the families of the earth, 14 even the other families who live on the earth are blessed only for Israel’s sake. All the nations of the earth, 17 even the ships that go from Gaul to Spain are blessed only for Israel’s sake.
In the notes on this passage we see:
(14) Ibid. XII, 3, ufrcbu.
(15) lhrcvk in Hif. is of the same rt. ( lrc ) as ufrcbu in Nif.
(16) Both belonged to idolatrous nations and were ‘grafted’ upon the stock of Israel. The former was the ancestress of David (V. Ruth IV, 13ff), and the latter the mother of Rehoboam (v. I Kings XIV, 31) and his distinguished descendants Asa, Jehoshaphat and Hezekiah.
We clearly learn that blessing in this verse can mean to be grafted or mixed in. Thus, all the nations of the earth will be mixed or grafted into Avram (who became Avraham). This is why all our teachers have come to the understanding that we fulfill our role as witnesses of Hashem and His Torah to the nations of the world.
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