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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hazon and Nahamu


Adderabbi mentioned a nice Gematria the other day:
ציון במשפט תפדה = 1076 = תלמוד ירושלמי
ושביה בצדקה = 524 = תלמוד בבלי

The book טללי אורות in the volume that deals with Eicha and the 3 weeks mentions that this Gematria was said by R' Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld Zt"l, who argued that the only path to redemption is through learning these two Talmuds - not through taking the land by force. Even if one disagrees with that assertion, learning Torah is undoubtedly an essential part thereof.


For those who thought a cease-fire was coming, this week's Haftarah tells us otherwise:

וּלְבָנוֹן, אֵין דֵּי בָּעֵר; וְחַיָּתוֹ--אֵין דֵּי, עוֹלָה
And Lebanon is not sufficient fuel, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for burnt-offerings.


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