VIDEO: Parshas Shemos – The Mystery Treasure | Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Reinman

Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Reinman is a famous talmid chacham, historian and author. This week he discusses:

ɚ why it took seven days till Moshe agreed to go to Egypt.

ɚ what was the mysterious treasure that was removed from Egypt and passed from nation to nation for thousands of years.

ɚ Basya’s arm and Vashti’s tail.

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  1. Regarding these Medrashim. I am not convinced that this type of Medrash (and hundreds like this) is what the Sefer Hachasidim is referring to as Aggadah T’muah. rather I would think he is referring to medrashim that are described by Rishonim and Achronim as Guzmaos (like coming across gigantic animals and the like as the Marsha says in a few places)
    I am not sure why when referring to Biblical time when Hanhagah Nissis was commonplace that these things are so hard to believe. Is it just because we are narrow minded and can only believe that the way we see things in recent history is how the Ribbono Shel Olam always ran the world. Wouldn’t you think that living till almost 1,000 years and being 10 Amos tall being as strong as Shimshon and on and on clearly demonstrates a very different Hanhaggah. We even see clearly (Meseches Avodah Zarah) that Tannaim and Amoroim had the ability to be Mechaya Meisim (unless you have ways of interpreting that also).

    If anything the question here should be why in the world did Basyah even stick her hand out if it was so far away! Which can be explained that she waded in and stretched her hand as people tend to do when they are reaching for something that is out of their reach. Then the Ribono Shel Olam made a Nes happen and her arm stretched longer than it was to begin with.

    Regarding teaching stories about the Ball Shem and flying horses and many other such Tzaddikim stories to little kids (and maybe adults also) There I could hear your point. In a way there is the danger it may cheapen Emunah to the point of believing anything and then the child grows up and says to himself. REALLY!?

    Just some thoughts from a guy who doesn’t really know much and whose opinions doesn’t really matter too much either.
    Thank you very much for all the Divrei Torah!
    Hatzlacha Rabbah.

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