Monday, July 14, 2008

Prayer and Battle


"It is written (Bereishit 48), 'And I [Jacob] am giving you the portion of Shechem...which I took from the Emorites with my sword and with my bow.'
"But did Jacob take Shechem with his sword and with his bow?! It is written (Psalms 44), 'I will not trust my bow, and my sword will not save me!'

"Rather, Jacob's sword was his prayer on behalf of his children who were fighting, and his bow was his request from Gd."
(Talmud, Bava Batra 123a, as explained in Rashi's commentary)

Have a great day,

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