Shabbat Parashat Yitro 5772
Ein Ayah: The Needs of the Future; The Needs of the Present(condensed from Ein Ayah, Berachot 9:10)
Gemara: [One of the sights upon which one makes the beracha for miracles is] the rock on which Moshe sat [raising his hands, as Yehoshua fought the Amalekis], as the pasuk says: “And Moshe’s arms were heavy, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat upon it, and Aharon and Chur supported his arms” (Shemot 17:12).
Ein Ayah: It was not possible for Moshe himself to wage battle against Amalek. Amalek is the arch-enemy and spiritual opposition of
Aharon and Chur were able to have the proper outlook on the generation and its needs at the time, and they showed their power by supporting Moshe’s hands. Moshe did not stand, which would display his strength, but lowered his stature by sitting, taking into account the needs of the generation, which definitely included subduing Amalek, if not destroy them outright.
Due to the above, Yehoshua did not destroy Amalek but only weakened them, as the pasuk says (Shemot 17:14). Therefore, the stone is an eternal remembrance of Hashem’s kindness to His nation, to make their enemies succumb, as was the need of the time, even if “eternity” does not fully agree with it.
(condensed from Ein Ayah, Berachot 9:12)
Gemara: All the miracles upon which we make a blessing are understandable except for the pillar of salt that
Ein Ayah: The foundation of the destruction of
That is why one should connect the downfall of Lot’s wife, which shows the hatred of systems that oppose kindness, together with the salvation of
The educational idea is that one should fight the bad not just with dormant opposition but by building the antithesis of evil, along the lines of Avraham. This is a general rule regarding any approach that negates truth and justice, as Avraham taught.
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