Prayers and Requests

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6 Responses

  1. Shimon says:

    The latter peirush is basically in line with the peirush of Rabbi YB Soloveitchik’s uncle.

  2. Ariel says:

    In the realm of drash, it is perfectly possible for two people (you, RYBS) to hold opposite positions and for neither to be wrong.

  3. micha says:

    The problem is in relating conflicting ideas to Targum Yonasan. So, while both could be correct, I have a harder time saying both correctly represent R’ Yonasan ben Uziel’s (RYbU) point.

    You can’t really say that he intended both when he identified a bow with one and a sword with the other. Perhaps one could say that RYbU meant one, and with siyata diShmaya he phrased it ambiguously because Hashem wanted to keep both ideas alive. RYbU perhaps saying more than he realized. But still, the lesson he was teaching was only one of the two.

    And so, if only one of our ideas merited a tanna’s attention and endorsement, I think it’s far more likely RYBS hit upon the right answer than I did. Since Shimon tells me I was zokheh to guess at the understanding of the Brisker Rav, I’m less concerned that I misunderstood the Targum.


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