v’-a-SEE-ta et ha-k’-ra-SHEEM la-mish-KAN a-TZAY shi-TEEM o-m’-DEEM
The Seeds of Redemption
Jewish tradition teaches that Yaakov (Jacob) planted acacia trees, pictured above, in Egypt. The planting of these trees was in preparation for the redemption of the Children of Israel from Egypt at which point they would be used in the construction of the mishkan(tabernacle). Yaakov was not only preparing the materials for the future building of the mishkan, he was also imparting the message to his descendants that their current exile is only temporary.