Thursday, January 13, 2011

Midrash Rabbah & Parashat Beshalach

In Zfat / Northern Israel:
A Beit Midrash and a  Mikweh.

Synagogue in Zfat. 
The blue colour is being used in order to keep demons or the evil eye away.I heard that this is a kabbalistic idea but the Arabs actually use the same "blue colour systems". 

Photos: Miriam Woelke


I would like to share a brief but very significant idea mentioned in the Midrash Rabbah (Parashat Beshalach). The Midrash tells the following story:

A man riding on a donkey suddenly saw a child in the street. He was afraid that his donkey may hit the child and injure it, so he quickly pulled the animal aside and the child was not injured. People began praising the donkey because it had leaped over the child and didn’t injure it but it was actually the donkey’s owner causing the animal’s reaction. If he hadn’t pulled the donkey aside, it would have hurt the child. 

The Midrash relates the story to a different event, however, I noticed that this actually happens to us every day. We see all kinds of events and start praising the police, the army, the helpful neighbour or any other people supporting us. What we don’t see behind all this is G – d. If G – d wasn’t pulling those people to us and use divine providence, the world and its population may react in a completely different way. 

What we have to realize is that behind anything happening, G – d is pulling the strings and it is Him causing things to happen.

1 comment:

  1. שלום עליכם

    החיים שלנו מונחית על ידי יהוה, הוא ראש הכול