Thursday, February 08, 2007

Daf Yomi - Taanis 31 - TZADIKIM IN A CIRCLE

Ula Bira’ah said in the name of Rabbi Elozar: In the future, Hashem will make a ring of the righteous people, and He will sit among them in the garden of Eden, and they all will point with their finger towards Him, as it is written: “And men will say on that day, Behold, this is our God; we hoped to Him and He saved us; this is Hashem for whom we have hoped; we will be glad and we will rejoice in His salvation.”

Reb Leibel Eiger cites his grandfather, Rabbi Akiva Eiger explaining this Gemora. Every Tzadik serves Hashem in his own distinct way. In the future, it will become revealed that each of their unique approaches in serving Hashem is actually one. This is the explanation in the Gemora when it states that they will all dance in a circle. All points on a circle are the same distance from the center of the circle. Each and every Tzadik is the same distance from Hashem. Although in this world, it might have appeared as if each Tzadik was traveling on a different road and they would all reach a different destination, this is not the case. This idea is also brought from the Maharal.


Anonymous said...

Would anyone like to comment on why Rashi and Tosfos just quote the posuk that the Gemora brings again?

Avromi said...

Sefer Matas Elokim says that this way, Tosfos could end the mesechta with a dovor tov instead of a loshon misah.

Avromi said...

Sedeh Yitzchok says that the Gemora pesachim 57b says that pointing a finger could be levity towards the king and there the fingers were cut off, so maybe here you'd think that they pointed at each other and nt at Hashem, Tosfos is teaching us that they pointed towards hashem because of chavivus and its not a problem.

Avromi said...

I think Rashi is adding that they said the passuk, the Gemora is not clear on that. thanks for the kasha

Dror Maor said...

The Beis Yosef in his droshos brings a similar idea - in the קרבנות הנשיאים of Parshas Nasso.

The possuk openly states that Nachshon was the first to bring a korban, but yet it says "וקרבנו", "AND his korban...", which would indicate a continuation from something before.

Yet in the other eleven nesiim, the possuk says only "קרבנו", "his korban", without the connecting letter Vov.

The Beis Yosef says that this refers to a circle, where there are no beginning and end points. Therefore, one should not think that Nachshon's korban was greater than the others. No, his korban can be viewed as a continuation to the others - thus showing that each shevet's avodah is equally beloved to Hashem.