8 comments on “We Do Not Know What Evil may Befall Us

  1. I think shipping grain is too dramatic a shift in meaning from casting bread. One is more refined and the other is a more processed version of the same thing. Interesting focus on the mostly gender specific heraldic line of ascendancy in middle eastern culture. In Jewish history or the history of rulers over Israel Hadassah jezebel n athalia ruling by proxy stand out as rare exceptions of female leaders

  2. 11;1 Send forth your bread upon the surface of the water, for after many days you will find it.

    Send forth your bread upon the surface of the water: Do goodness and kindness to a person about whom your heart tells you that you will never see him again, like a person who casts his food upon the surface of the water.

    for after many days you will find it: Days will yet come, and you will receive your recompense. Note what is said about Jethro (Exod. 2:20): “Call him that he should eat bread,” and he thought that he (Moses) was an Egyptian and that he would never see him again. What was his end? He became his son- in-law and reigned over Israel and brought him under the wings of the Shechinah, and his sons and grandsons merited to sit in the Chamber of Hewn Stone.

    2 Give a portion to seven and even to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth.

    Give a portion to seven and even to eight: If you have shared your food and your drink with seven who need kindness, share further with eight who come after them, and do not say, “Enough.”

    for you do not know what evil will be: Perhaps days will yet come and you will need them all. Then you will be saved from the evil by this charity, and if not now, when? Our Sages, however, said:

    Give a portion, etc.: These are the seven days of Creation. Give one of them as a portion to your Creator, to rest on the Sabbath.

    and even to eight: These are the eight days preceding circumcision. Another explanation:

    Give a portion to seven: the communal sacrifices of the seven days of Passover.

    and even to eight: days of the Festival [of Succoth].

    for you do not know what evil will be: if the Temple will be destroyed, and you will not sacrifice any longer, and the first sacrifices will avail to annul the evil decree. Another explanation:

    for you do not know what will be: You do not know what has been decreed on the rains on the Festival [of Succoth], and the sacrifices will avail, and they will annul evil decrees.
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    Hebrew does have lad. and above is the Rashi Commentary for 11:1,2

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