Friday, December 08, 2006

Daf Yomi - Rosh Hashana 3 - STORY FROM THE DAF

Tosfos quotes a Medrash that states that the king of Arad was actually Amalek. The Yalkut adds that they dressed and spoke like the Canaanites. Amalek changed their language to speak in the Canaanite tongue, so that the Jews would pray to their G-d to give the Canaanites into their hands, but they were not Canaanites. When they came close to the Jews, it was apparent by their faces that they were from Amalek.

Reb Chaim Volozin was once walking in the streets of Peterburg. A young gentile approached him and gave him a beating. Reb Chaim was very interested to discover the name of this gentile lad. He found out that this was Alexander, the son of Czar Nikolai.

Reb Chaim was asked as to why he was so curious to learn the name of the boy. Reb Chaim responded that his Rebbe, the Vilna Gaon, had given over to him the signs of recognizing who is a descendant of Amalek. Reb Chaim said that he noticed all the symbols on the face of that ‘sheigetz.’