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Simchat Torah – The Voice That Never Leaves Us

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27.09.2021

In the last lines of the Torah, God shows Moshe the promised land and tells him that after his death, He will fulfill His promise to His people to grant them the land: “This is the land that I swore to Avraham, to Yitzhak, and to Yaakov, saying, ‘To your seed I will give it’.” (Deut. 34:4) There were among the sages those who inferred from these words that God intended for Moshe to deliver this message to these long-departed forefathers, seeing in this verse an indication that the dead live on after life. (See Berachot 18b; Y. Berachot 2:3)

This “rabbinic interpretation” provided the background for an interesting rabbinic story since it clearly contradicts the following verse from Kohelet: “For the living know that they shall die; but the dead no nothing.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5)

Rabbi Hiyya Rabbah and Rabbi........

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