Summary: Jairus was the chief rabbi in Capernaum whose daughter, Leah, was healed
by Yeshua (Y:13:45-69). According to Azrael’s Commentary, Jairus and his family became
devoted followers of Yeshua, which resulted in Jairus being expelled from the synagogue
and his congregation.
As a note of interest: it can be assumed that prior to his expulsion, it was Jairus
who invited Yeshua to speak on occasion at the synagogue in Capernaum. The scriptures
record two of these incidents (Y:9:1-37; Y:16:8-46). According to Azrael, the house
Yeshua owned in Capernaum was given to him by Jairus (Y:15:1).
Azrael’s Commentary - Jairus
Chief rabbi of Capernaum, and known for his kindness and good deeds, Jairus was held
in high regard by the people of the area. His wife’s name was Mishkah, and his only
child, a daughter, was called Leah. After the healing of his daughter, Jairus and
his family became followers of Yeshua. This stirred up a great amount of rumor and
gossip within the community. The physicians of the area accused Jairus of being deceived
by a devil. As a result of this controversy, Jairus was finally expelled from his
congregation on the grounds that he had fallen away from the true faith.
Being freed from the burdens of being the chief rabbi, Jairus and his family followed
Yeshua on his Sidonian mission. He resettled in the city of Tyre where he became
a successful merchant and a leading member of a local group of Yeshua’s followers,
among which were the twin sisters, Maximilla and Prisca.
The young daughter, Leah, became a highly regarded woman. She wrote and sang the
first hymns that dealt with the life of Yeshua and his divine calling. Leah lived
a long life filled with good deeds. She became known as a great healer, and a champion
for the poor.
Now when it was Sabbath, Yeshua went unto the synagogue to teach the people; and
when he was entered in, he saw a man with a withered hand.
Now there gathered in the cool of the day unto the house of the Lord, many of the
elders of the people, and there was numbered among them the scribes and the Pharisees.