Friday, July 28, 2006

Daf Yomi - Yoma 52 - Almonds and Flowers?

Tosfos Yeshanim asks on why does it mention the flowers by the staff of Aharon if they grew into almonds, there were no flowers? He answers that there were both. Some remained flowers and others grew into almonds. Look at the Das Zkanim and decide if he says the same pshat. The Ritva explains that some of the flowers remained in order to magnify the miracle.

See Tzachi's comment from Reb Moshe - great lesson!


Tzachi said...

Rav Moshe says that the purpose of this miracle was to show that in spirituality, nothing gets lost. All efforts are rewarded - unlike by gashmiyos where you only get paid for results. This is the significance of the flowers remaining afterwards.

David said...

This does not answer your question, but it is worthwhile to observe, in the context of Yoma, that there is one other place in Tanach where we find the miracle of almonds growing on a staff: Jeremiah 1:12 וַיְהִי דְבַר-יְהוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר, מָה-אַתָּה רֹאֶה יִרְמְיָהוּ; וָאֹמַר, מַקֵּל שָׁקֵד אֲנִי רֹאֶה. יב וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלַי, הֵיטַבְתָּ לִרְאוֹת: כִּי-שֹׁקֵד אֲנִי עַל-דְּבָרִי, לַעֲשֹׂתוֹ

In both incidents,the commentators point out that the almond tree is the quickest of all trees to ripen, and the significance of that fact for each incident. I believe it also has to do with the fact the both Aaron and Jeremiah were Kohanim, and Kohanim were always known to be zerizim – quick acting.

CRC said...

I was bothered why does it have to mention these things at all, if his staff was there, all was there?