(Reb Dov writes...) From studying Bereishit, it is abundantly clear that there is a special canopy of Rachmanut that stretches from Beersheva to ancient Luz a.k.a Beth El. When Avraham stopped off in Shekhem, he built an altar and offered korbanot to HaShem, thanking him for his rachmanut in getting him safely to EY. Yet, when he gets to Beth El, he offered up offerings on another mizbeach twice,once before he went down to Egypt and again when he returned. In addition to this he called out the name of HaShem asking for a special dose of Rachmanut. One of these cries was for the battle of Ai in the days of Yehoshua which was lost because of Achan's sin. The second cry, I believe, was for our time, the years of Sukkot. Surely enough, hitnatkut 1 in the year of Avraham included Shekhem and the road to Dothan, but didn't extend further south.
This rachmanut is accentuated in the time that Ya'akov Avinu returned from Haran to Yerushalayim to daven before proceeding to the Yeshivah of Shem and Eiver. He returned as far south as BethEl and went to sleep and Yerushalayim came to greet him. He had his vision of the ladder to shamayim which stretched from Beer Sheva to over BethEl. Rashi and others refer to a canopy of Rachmanut which stretches as far north as BethEl, for it was in BethEl that HaShem was standing over him while he was sleeping. North of BethEl, when Israel is under strict judgement, the northern part of EY is judged first. In the year of Yitzkhak, before Mashiach appears, the entire land will remain under strict judgement. According to the Zohar, Mashiach will first "appear" in the Gallilee providing redemptive rachamanut there. The midat HaDin, though will extend southwards from where Avraham first arrived in EY in Elon Moreh. Yet, in the merit of Ya'akov Avinu, the midat HaRachamim will return in full force by next Pesach, for it was then that he was given a bracha of Din in Olam HaZeh but Rachmanut in Olam Haba. Since Yemot HaMashiach is the vestibule for Olam HaBa, I firmly believe that that Rachmanut will extend to when he is remembered for receiving that bracha and the promise for being the sole inheritor of EY at the end of days in the third year of Sukkot. Yet, in Avraham, Yitzkhak, and Ya'akov Avinu's merit it is unclear whether this canopy of Rachamim will extend north of Bethel to Elon Moreh during the first three years of Sukkot. I can fully understand the concern of your friend in Eli who lives in this "in between area" of the Shomron.
Having said this, obviously there is a concern to be in Yesha until next Pesach. Ya'akov Avinu tarried for six months between Sukkot and Pesach when returning to his father in Chevron. In that six month period at least six tragedies befell him, and not one of the altars that he built refers to HaShem's attribute of mercy.
1. the rape of Dinah
2. the Chillul HaShem of Shimon and Levi by signing a peace treaty with the residents of Shekhem just to set up their slaughter (sounds like something Muhamad would do)
3. the the death of Devorah, his mother's wet nurse
4. the death of his mother, Rivka
5. the death of his wife, Rachel in childbirth
6. the moving of his bed from Bilhah's tent by Reuven
So much tragedy in just six months of failing to honor his father! If this process slips into b'itah, the first six months of 5767 will be most difficult of all. Oy, what a year awaits us all until next Pesach. Perhaps (the UTJ) will not join the coalition with Armilus the damned after all. Pray for that and chaos will be sweetened. We will rely on HaShem and his canopy of mercy. Besides now that Yitzkhak's birth has been remembered, whatever suffering Jews live through here will be magnified throughout the entire world. There will be no safe haven from 3700 years of pent-up Divine Wrath on this planet. We may as well stay put in the eye of the storm and pray that the eye-wall does not sway over our little hamlet. Rachmanut! May HaShem give us all rachmanut!
Do not fear, Ya'akov, for I do all this for you! The time of your redemption has arrived!
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