Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How Archaeology Illuminates the Parsha; Parashat Mishpatim, The Case of the Poor Man's Cloak

Sunday, February 01, 2015

"Build Houses and Plant Vineyards"; Arguably The Greatest Discovery Since the Dead Sea Scrolls!

ירמיהו פרק כט

 כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  לְכָל-הַגּוֹלָה--אֲשֶׁר-הִגְלֵיתִי מִירוּשָׁלִַם, בָּבֶלָה.  ה בְּנוּ בָתִּים, וְשֵׁבוּ; וְנִטְעוּ גַנּוֹת, וְאִכְלוּ אֶת-פִּרְיָן.  ו קְחוּ נָשִׁים, וְהוֹלִידוּ בָּנִים וּבָנוֹת, וּקְחוּ לִבְנֵיכֶם נָשִׁים וְאֶת-בְּנוֹתֵיכֶם תְּנוּ לַאֲנָשִׁים, וְתֵלַדְנָה בָּנִים וּבָנוֹת; וּרְבוּ-שָׁם, וְאַל-תִּמְעָטוּ.  ז וְדִרְשׁוּ אֶת-שְׁלוֹם הָעִיר, אֲשֶׁר הִגְלֵיתִי אֶתְכֶם שָׁמָּה, וְהִתְפַּלְלוּ בַעֲדָהּ, אֶל-יְהוָה:  כִּי בִשְׁלוֹמָהּ, יִהְיֶה לָכֶם שָׁלוֹם.  ח כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, אַל-יַשִּׁיאוּ לָכֶם נְבִיאֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר-בְּקִרְבְּכֶם, וְקֹסְמֵיכֶם; וְאַל-תִּשְׁמְעוּ, אֶל-חֲלֹמֹתֵיכֶם, אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם, מַחְלְמִים.  ט כִּי בְשֶׁקֶר, הֵם נִבְּאִים לָכֶם בִּשְׁמִי:  לֹא שְׁלַחְתִּים, נְאֻם-יְהוָה.

Jeremiah 29

1Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon; 2(After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;) 3By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying, 4Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; 5Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; 6Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. 7And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.


These verses echo through the mists of history and come to life in an astonishing new exhibit in Jerusalem entitled By the Rivers of Babylon

What Do These Two Symbols Have in Common?

I'll let you do the homework.

See here at the 12:51 mark

and Responsa of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg (Prague 1608), nos. 65, 532.

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