Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Parshat Sh'lach L'cha, take 2

The first take is here.

Naaseh v'nishma ("we will do and we will hear"), applied
First, HaShem commands us to put tzitzit (fringes or tassles, depending on your translation) on the corners of our garments. Then, He tells us why.

It's Developmental Psych. 101--First, light the Shabbat/Sabbath candles, then tell the kid about Shabbat.

Haftarat Sh'lach L'cha: Rachav, Yishmael, and Eisav
Rachav, Yishmael/Ishmael, and Eisav/Esau have one thing in common--all of them honored their parents. Yishael's father Avraham kicked him out of the house, yet he still returned to help bury his father. Eisav, learning that his parents disapproved of his choice of wives, took another wife of whom he thought they might approve. And Rachav bargained not only for her own life, but for her family's, as well.


Blogger { T G L } said...

That's a nice, short and sweet snippet on the parashah/haftarah! I never realized the connection between Yishma'el, Eisav and Rachav and kibbud av v'em. Perhaps the Torah is telling us not to write off an individual completely even though some of their morals or actions might be problematic. Each person holds the potential for redemption.

This Good Life

Tue Jun 21, 12:10:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

That's a nice thought, TGL.

Tue Jun 21, 01:09:00 PM 2011  

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