Monday, September 30, 2013

It's not about the fast

"When the Jews held fasts to pray regarding drought or other crises, the elder among them would speak words of rebuke:
"My brothers, It does not say regarding the people of Nineveh, 'Gd saw their sackcloth and fasts, but rather, 'And Gd saw their deeds, for they had returned from their bad path.' [Jonah 3:10] And so it says in the prophets [Joel 2], 'Tear your hearts, rather than your clothes.'"
הזקן שבהן אומר לפניהן דברי כבושין: אחינו! לא נאמר באנשי נינוה וירא אלקים את שקם ואת תעניתם, אלא וירא האלקים את מעשיהם כי שבו מדרכם הרעה, ובקבלה הוא אומר וקרעו לבבכם ואל בגדיכם.
 (Talmud, Taanit 15a)
Have a great day,

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