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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

God says, if you say Nanach you can expect me, otherwise don’t bother

In this weeks Parsha (Tora portion, chapter 21 verse 17) the Jews said Shira (song praising God) for the Bi-air (the stone that served as a well providing water, and also revealed the miracle that God killed the nations that lay hidden in ambush). Moshe selected the rock, and in the merit of Miriam, Moshe’s sister, the stone produced water, after the passing away of Miriam the rock provided the water solely in the merit of Moshe. It is therefore astounding that Moshe is not mentioned in the Shira, even more astounding is that God’s name isn’t mentioned! Singing a praise to God without mentioning His name?!

Rash”i explains that they were unable to mention Moshe’s name because he was punished for hitting the rock, and since Moshe wasn’t mentioned they were unable to mention the Name of God, a parable to a king that was being invited to a banquet, the king said, if my friend is there I’m there, if not I’m not going.

Often when we tell people the holy name, Na Nach Nachma Nachman MiUman they react with a declaration of “Hashem Yisburach”, even though it appears that they are angry, because only now they have thought of mentioning God, the only way that they had the merit of mentioning God was because we mentioned the name of God’s beloved, Na Nach Nachma Nachman MiUman, thus allowing for the mention of God.


nissim said...

yiyasher nanach beautiful parable that's some tora mitzion uvdar hashem miyrushalayim!

nissim said...

also (kamuva, i don't remember where now?), wayaaminu bashem uvmoshe avdo -- emuna shelemah is faith in hashem and in his eved