Audio Roundup 2021:35

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by Joel Rich

Every morning I repeat the verses (Breishit 22:7) “Vayomer Yitzchak el Avraham aviv vayomer avi, vayomer hineni bni, vayomer hineh haeish vhaetzim vayeh haseh lolah”. The obvious question is why didn’t the verse simply read “vayomer Yitzchak el Avraham aviv hinei
haeish . . .”? What did Yitzchak say prior to this? (Similar question Breishit 4:8.) A number of answers are given by the commentaries. I’d like to suggest a simple answer—it doesn’t matter what words might have been uttered, the message was simply, “Abba”. Abba, I trust you, I trust Abba that you would never do anything that was not in my best interest. I love you Abba.
This is the relationship we seek with HKB”H. (LZ”N Avi mori vrabbi and imi morati Zll”hh.)

At one level I certainly get the idea that not fully understanding Tosafot might be a “moral” failure. On the other hand I distinctly remember hearing a shiur quoting R’YBS as saying that question doesn’t bother me.
I always understood this in two ways. The first being that there’s just a limited amount of bandwidth that each of us has and while we believe we could reconcile all these questions, if they’re not to the heart of the matter, it would just take too long and not allow us to get to other areas towards which we wish to turn our attention.
For me however the real heart of the matter is that in a number of cases all the data points can never be made to lineup and it becomes a question of which exceptions bother you more. To me the meta question is why different poskim differ on which exception bothers them more.

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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