not always imminent

Sometimes, things boil to a point where the outcome seems unavoidable. It is exactly at that point that the Tzaddik brings down divine intervention and prevents what seemed imminent.

This is how the Noam Elimelech explains Yaakov's birth, gripping Esav's heel. Dinim represented by Esav appear to be unleashed upon the world, but at the last second, rachamim represented by Yaakov grabs the dinim by the heel and holds it back, protecting the world.

Perhaps this explains what the Noam Elimelech said about himself, that how could it be that all the prophets and wisemen foretold of the pain and suffering in the end of days? Didn't they know that Elimelech would come and intercede on behalf of Israel?


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