Thursday, December 31, 2009

The style of Prophets


"‘And this is the berachah which Moshe blessed’ – Because Moshe spoke harsh things to Israel first… he then went back and told them consoling things… and from him all of the prophets learned to first address the Jews with harsh words and then to return with consoling words. No prophet spoke harsher words than Hosheia, who began with, “Gd, give them what You will give! Give them…”

(Sifri, Devarim 342)

Note: That passage from Hosheia is actually Hosheia 9:14, but it precedes the more merciful passages in the book.

Have a great day,

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