Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Uniqueness of Moshe's Miracles

Hi,

"[Moshe's signs] were performed before all Israel, who followed him, as Devarim 34:12 says, 'Before the eyes of all Israel.' This did not exist for any prophet before him, and he accurately foretold that it would not happen for anyone else in the future."

(Rambam, Moreh haNevuchim 2:35)

Have a great day,
Mordechai

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hiatus

Hello,

Unfortunately, I need to take a hiatus from the Daily Torah Thought for a week or so, due to obligations elsewhere. I hope to return some time next week.

Have a great day,
Mordechai

Monday, February 9, 2015

Gd will favour you in Jerusalem

Hi,

"For a nation will be in Zion, will dwell in Jerusalem. She will not cry; G-d will favour you at the sound of your cry; when He hears you, He will respond to you."

(Yeshayah 30:19)

Have a great day,
Mordechai

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Take me, not them!

Hi,

"Rabbi Yonatan said: Yonah only went to destroy himself in the sea, as it is written, 'Pick me up and throw me into the sea.' You will find the same behavior by our ancestors and prophets, who gave themselves for the Jewish people.

"What does it say regarding Moshe? 'And now, if You will bear their sins, fine. But if You will not bear their sins then erase me from the book You have written. (Exodus 32)'…


"What does it say regarding David? 'I have sinned, and I have been crooked, but what have these sheep done? May Your hand be against me and my family (Samuel II 24).'"

(Midrash, Mechilta Bo)

Have a great day,
Mordechai

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wealth without work?

Hi,

"Man is born to strain with his hands, and through his work to bring his bread. One who produces wealth without work is just producing struggle and corruption, and it will not grow and endure in the hands of his children."

(Malbim to Job 5:7)

Have a good day,
Mordechai

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Avraham vs. Job

Hi,

What differences do you see between Avraham's declaration below, and Job's?

"Rabbi Levi said: Two men said the same thing, Avraham and Job. 

"Avraham said (Bereishit 18:25, regarding the destruction of Sodom), 'It would be a disgrace for You to do something like this, to kill the righteous with the wicked.'

"Job said (Job 9:22), 'It is all one, thus I have said: Complete and wicked, he destroys.'

"But Avraham was rewarded, and Job was punished! For Avraham said something mature; Job said something underripe."

(Midrash, Bereishit Rabbah 49:9)

Have a great day,
Mordechai

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Parents vs. Gd

Hi,

"How do we know that if one's father says to him, 'Become impure [to retrieve a lost object]' or 'Do not return [a lost object]', one should not listen? Leviticus 19:3 says, 'You should revere your mother and father, and you shall guard my Sabbaths; I am G-d.' All of you are obligated in My honour."

(Talmud, Bava Metzia 32a)

Have a great day,
Mordechai