VIDEO: Parshas Va’eira – Hailstones from Heaven | Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Reinman

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

ɚ why it took so long to present Moshe’s pedigree

ɚ from where the hailstones originated

ɚ Basya’s arm, Vashti’s tail, Moshe in outer space

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    • The Saga of Vashti’s tail continued….
      1. If we are to understand that Og Melech haboshon was 6 Amos tall then what are we to do with the Chazal that say in more than one place that Moshe was 10 Amos and with proofs that seem to imply that it’s meant literally? Moshe would have had to bend down to reach Og’s ankle. (It may be possible that Moshe was not always 10 Amos and this was only from the time he put up the Mishkan but that wouldn’t answer this question.)

      2. If the Sefer Chasiddim is talking about the midrashim that we are to understand literally then why is he worried about the children believing midrashim more than worrying about the Nissim that are clearly written in the Torah. As written in lasts week’s comment, in times that Hashem runs the world in a way that Nissim are common and a Novi exists etc. it is not “unbelievable” to believe the Chazals that we are discussing. I WOULD BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT GIVING OUR CHILDREN THE MESSAGE THAT WE DON’T TAKE CHAZAL LITERALLY than that they have a hard time comprehending how Basya’s hand can grow long.
      Rather the Sefer Chassidim is likely discussing Chazals that are clearly meant as Guzmaos for whatever purpose (in every opinion and school of thought). Those Midrashim are better not to learn with children rather wait till they are mature enough to understand what chazal may be saying with their holy words.
      Are we to consider (I hope not) skipping Rashis that we think kids will find incredible?!
      Thank you again for your Divrei torah.

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