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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rav Shmuel Eliyahu Shlit"a on Revenge

When is revenge prohibited?

When is it required?

Find out in Rav Shmuel Eliyahu Shlit"a's latest Kol Tzofayich (in Hebrew).


At Fri Jul 11, 03:46:00 AM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shalom Rav Yaakov,

I read the first couple of paragraphs of the Kol Tzofayich where the discussion of nekama (revenge) starts. My Hebrew is not nearly as good as yours (and many other Jews, for that matter) - I tried to get started much earlier in life, but didn't succeed until I made aliyah nearly 7 years ago. So, please help me I reading correctly to see that right there it is indicated that HaShem wanted the revenge to be taken for our sake, but because of the damage to the core of our being that the Midianites had done, He had to word it as revenge for His sake?

It also seems to go on to say that, according to the Gemara, for the person who can keep this mitzvah, all his/her sins will be erased. If we can have clear understanding of the attempt on our souls and defeat it, we will see the attack for what it is and not only defend ourselves from it, but also obliterate the enemy for HaShem's sake, as He commanded - and this would indicate that the damage is healed/there is no damage to our souls.

What do you say?

Many thanks.
CDG, Yerushalayim

At Fri Jul 11, 01:12:00 PM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can it be translated to English?

At Fri Jul 11, 04:04:00 PM 2014, Blogger yaak said...


You're close. What it says that Hashem wanted it for the sake of Am Yisrael since so many died. Moshe Rabbeinu, however, told it over to the Jewish people as doing it for HKB"H's sake since he was trying to prevent a Hillul Hashem.

The mitzvah that Rava in the gemara says that will get our sins erased is לא תקם - "not to take vengeance". He then goes on to ask questions based on other gemarot and other sources that indicate it's a mitzvah to take vengeance.

There's much more after that which I don't have time to translate - sorry Anonymous 1:12.


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