Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A difference between humans and G - d


The Talmud Tractate Berachot 5a teaches the following:

Rabbi Ze'ira, and some say it was Rabbi Chanina bar Papa, said:
Come and see how unlike the characteristic of G - d is the characteristic of a person of flesh and blood. The characteristic of a person of flesh and blood is such that when a person sells a cherished object to his fellow, the seller is sad, and the buyer is happy. But G - d is not that way. He gave the Torah to Israel and he rejoiced.

Rashi commentates that SAD here means "The person is forced to sell and item to raise needed funds".

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