Nach Yomi for Avraham

A worldwide project aimed at developing beki'ut in Tanach, inspired by, and as zechut for, R' Avraham Norin (Avraham Dov ben Golda)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Shoftim Chapter 15- 9 Iyyar (Sunday May 7)

Shoftim - Chapter 15 with Rashi (English)

Shimshon attempts to return to his wife. Upon discovery that she has married another, he avenges himself on the Pelishtim by setting pairs of foxes with torches attached to their tails loose in the fields. In retaliation, Shimshon’s wife and her father are burned to death by the Pelishtim.
Three thousand men from Yehuda attempt to turn over Shimshon to the Pelishtim.He agrees if they bind him and do not attempt to kill him themselves. When they meet the Pelishtim, Shimson is overcome by a divine spirit, sanps the ropes and kills one thousand Pelishtim with the jawbone of a donkey. Parched, Shimshon beseeches Hashem for water, and water flows from the jawbone.

Audio of R’ Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer on “Shimshon’s Revenge”:
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R' Meir Goldwicht on Shimshon (Hebrew)
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2 Comments:

Anonymous jdub said...

The use of the term "lechi" for both the place name and the jawbone is interesting. I read the text that the water flowed from "machtesh lechi" to refer to the place name (i.e., Lechi, not lechi), although the play on words is obvious. Da'at Mikra reads it as a cleft in the place, not the jawbone.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Yolkut said...

As a jawbone, it features as a set of salvation coming out of strange/tamei places themes in Shimshon (me-mar yatza masok) and alludes the unusual and ironic character of Shimshon's whole career, culminating in "ha-meisim asher heimis be-moso."

10:03 PM  

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