4 Sons & Sons

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

One more Va-yera post

Here's a little something from my incomplete set of Menahem Kasher's Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (Torah Shelemah) that I recently rescued out of a dumpster. He quotes the Tanhuma Va-yera 4 in relation to Genesis XVIII:4.

Just as Avraham said
"ד יֻקַּח-נָא מְעַט-מַיִם, וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם; וְהִשָּׁעֲנוּ, תַּחַת הָעֵ ץ
4 Let now a little water be fetched, and wash your feet, and recline yourselves under the tree. ",

as a reward, his children will be given the Mitvah of the korban Pesah, as it says in Shemot 12:3

וְיִקְחוּ לָהֶם, אִישׁ שֶׂה לְבֵית-אָבֹת--שֶׂה לַבָּיִת. "They shall take to them every man a lamb, according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household"

the same root קח, to take being used in both instances. This is also related to Shemot 6:7

וְלָקַחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם לִי לְעָם "and I will take you to Me for a people"

As it says here נא, now, it says in Shemot 12:9 אַל-תֹּאכְלוּ מִמֶּנּוּ נָא "Eat not of it raw", the same word being used to mean raw.

As it says here "a little", it says in Shemot 23:30 מְעַט מְעַט אֲגָרְשֶׁנּוּ "By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, "

As it says here "water", it says in Ba-midbar 21:17 עֲלִי בְאֵר, עֱנוּ-לָהּ "Spring up, O well--sing ye unto it-- "

and etc.


At 11:37 PM, Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

Great stuff!

And that night, Laut served mattzaus to his angelic guests.


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