Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Abraham's angels


"Rabbi Tanchum bar Chanilai said: One should never diverge from local practice. Moshe ascended to Heaven [on Sinai, to receive the Torah] and did not eat bread, and the angels descended to earth and did eat bread [in Abraham's house].

"Do you really think they ate?! Rather, they appeared to eat."

(Talmud, Bava Metzia 86b)

המצפה לישועה,

1 comment:

  1. When davening with a minyan that has a different nusach than the one you're inheriting, what is said quietly is in one's own nusach, what is said out loud is in the minyan's.

    Like the angels: Do you think they really davened in the minyan's nusach? Rather they appeared to...

    Conforming, it would seem, is a matter of appearance in particular.