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Friday, March 23, 2012

Great Leaders and High Tech Devices. - |

Great Leaders and High Tech Devices. - | "Moshe told Joshua (who had not had any experience in battle) to choose people to go to war with Amalek while He (Moshe) would go up climb up the hill with the rod of G-d in his hand. The next pusek (sentence) tells us that Joshua did as Moshe had told him, however, Moshe did not go up alone but rather with Aharon and Hur. Rabbi Rosenblatt then brought in his next point that Moshe was supposed to be on the hill top alone and holding the great staff of G-d, the high tech device. However it turns out that Moshe was holding up his hands at the top of the hill, "

then the Rabbi asked his audience, what don’t we see? Me being the kind of person never to assume that a question is rhetorical answered, the staff. Then, when he never said right, I said the rod. The Rabbi went on to say that the rod of G-d, that was used previously to part the Red Sea, and changed into a snake in front of Pharoh was not being used.
Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Rosenblatt then went on to drive home his point, using some fairly well known commentaries, as well as possibly some lesser known midrashim on the Torah. The Rabbi explained that, as the Torah tells us, it was when Moshe’s hands were raised (without the high tech device) the rod of G-d, that Joshua and the Israelites were winning the war. When Moshe’s hands were down, that the Israelites were losing the war against Amalek. Rabbi Rosenblatt further explained that when Moshe’s hands were down it was because he was reaching down for the staff, the rod of G-d. However this is when the Israelites were losing because they were standing and waiting to be saved by the power from above, rather than relying on their own abilities.

Stephen C. Sanders

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