Thursday, November 02, 2006

Daf Yomi - Beitzah 6 - Closed eyes

Rabbi Eliezer ben Yaakov maintains that one cannot eat a chick even during the week because its eyes have not yet opened. Perhaps this ruling can be interpreted allegorically to mean that one should not assume that he understands how HaShem conducts the world, because essentially we are blind in this world. It is said, HaShem did not give you a heart to know, eyes to see, and ears to hear until this day. The Gemara interprets this verse to mean that one cannot fathom the wisdom of his teacher until forty years have elapsed. If this can be said regarding the teachings of a human being, how much more so does it apply to the Creator of the world? One should contemplate this idea and feel truly humbled in the Presence of HaShem.