Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ghosts of Devarim Past (Click On Numbers For Links)

It's as simple as 1 -The Ohr HaChayim HaKadosh's idea that each place mentioned at the start of Devarim hints to a character trait we need to inculcate within our selves, 2 - Rav Hirsch's point that where Moshe taught is described precisely, while where he dies is elusive. This teaches us to remember him for how he lived - as a human teacher, and to not deify him in his death, 3 - Why are the roots of the word for words (the name of the portion and book Jews around the world begin to study this week) and the word for bees the same?