Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's the thought that counts


When the Jews who had just escaped Egypt were attacked by Amalek, they fought back under the leadership of Yehoshua, while Moshe prayed to HaShem.

The Torah says (Sh'mot 17), 'When Moshe raised his hands, the Jews were victorious. When Moshe rested his hands, Amalek was victorious.' On this, the Talmud comments:

"Did Moshe's hand make war or break war?! Rather, as long as the Jews looked heavenward and bound their hearts to their Father in heaven, they were victorious. Otherwise, they fell."

(Talmud, Rosh HaShanah 29a)

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