Parshat Re'eh In Memory of Shimshon Ben Shalom
רְאֵ֗ה אָנֹכִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לִפְנֵיכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם בְּרָכָ֖ה וּקְלָלָֽה׃
See, this day I set before you blessing and curse:

Behold, its taught in the Medrash the following -

ברכה וקללה למה נאמר. לפי שנאמר החיים והמות נתתי לפניך הברכה והקללה שמא יאמרו ישראל הואיל ונתן המקום לפנינו שני דרכים דרך החיים ודרך המות נלך באיזו מהן שנרצה, תלמוד לומר ובחרת בחיים

Why does the verse need to mention blessings and the curses? As another verse (Deuteronomy 30:19) already mentions "I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life—if you and your offspring would live" Perhaps Israel will say that since HaShem has given us two paths to choose from, the path of life and that of death, we can go in whichever one we choose.. so this verse comes to teach us that no, we should only choose life.

We must now see, what would have been the thought inside someones head that would lead this person to choose the path of death? Who would be in such a strange state of mind that we need a verse in the Torah to warn us to choose the opposite path and have to choose life? And if ones nature is so strong that even that he/she knows they are on the path towards death, they follow the advise of their natural inclination towards death, then what even is this verse going to do to warn/help them by saying to choose life? Since this person has zero will to live, this warning makes no sense for them.

However, our ancestors taught us a huge matter in this regard, and there was divine prophetic inspiration in their houses of study, as they foresaw in the future there will be a day to come that the living will be jealous of the dead, and they had written the following in the Mishnah -

וְעַל כָּרְחֲךָ אַתָּה חַי, וְעַל כָּרְחֲךָ אַתָּה מֵת

..against your will you live, against your will you will die..

As we see with our own eyes in these days of suffering of World War II, as there was never anything like this in the history of the world, where it was considered a blessing to be dead and a curse to be alive, may HaShem have mercy on us. Due to all the suffering, degradation and lowliness, hard work, starvation and all forms of sickness, people in general have given up hope as to why they should continue living, and death seems sweeter to them than being alive.

As we see below from King David -

(יח) יַסֹּ֣ר יִסְּרַ֣נִּי יָּ֑הּ וְ֝לַמָּ֗וֶת לֹ֣א נְתָנָֽנִי׃

(18) The LORD punished me severely,
but did not hand me over to death.

We can reread this verse to say that the punishment and suffering was that we were NOT handed over to death, that we remain alive. But in truth, during those times of suffering, one must reinforce with tremendous faith, and to know there is nothing random or happenstance in the world, whether its a large or small matter, whether in the physical or spiritual, everything is divine providence from HaShem Yitbarach. One must reinforce their belief and knowledge that HaShem is righteous in all of His ways, and devout in all of His actions, even though we know nothing of the ways of the Holy One Blessed be He.

As the holy Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Zlatshov, may he be remembered for eternal life, has taught based on the below verse from Pslams -

(ח) שִׁוִּ֬יתִי יְהֹוָ֣ה לְנֶגְדִּ֣י תָמִ֑יד כִּ֥י מִֽ֝ימִינִ֗י בַּל־אֶמּֽוֹט׃

(8) I am ever mindful of the LORD’s presence; He is at my right hand; I shall never be shaken.

One must custom him/herself to the attribute of equanimity, that everything is for the good. Whether HaShem is with me in His attribute of Mercy, and His kindness is surrounding me, or whether it seems He is against me, where the attribute of justice reigns and the the path of misfortune is before you, G-D forbid.. either way, I know and believe, that whatever HaShem does, it is unconditionally for the good!

And these words are known from the elder, the Holy Rabbi, Rebbe Uri the firebrand of Stralisk, who explains the famous liturgy -

Which we we read the above as, 'since HaShems righteousness is secret (not always revealed), the advice to deal with the potential darkness is faith, and that all of his actions are truthful. That all actions of HaShem are true and ultimately for the good from HaShem, may He be blessed, as He is the source of mercy and kindness.

And in truth, whoever has a slight amount of logic and reason in their brain, can see that everything is from The Creator, and your strength is reinforced, and life is chosen, and the hope that everything will be good reigns, and that one day we will be free, and there will be a time when I will see the salvation of HaShem and have the status of a survivor.. whoever believes this, is called someone who is always living a life, and is alive at all times.. and is prepared to receive everything with simplicity, and to this person salvation is nearby, which is not the case with someone who believes in chance and happenstance, G-D forbid - as salvation is far from the wicked.

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, שִׁשָּׁה דְבָרִים קָדְמוּ לִבְרִיאַת הָעוֹלָם, יֵשׁ מֵהֶן שֶׁנִּבְרְאוּ, וְיֵשׁ מֵהֶן שֶׁעָלוּ בַּמַּחֲשָׁבָה לְהִבָּרְאוֹת. הַתּוֹרָה וְהַכִּסֵּא הַכָּבוֹד, נִבְרְאוּ. תּוֹרָה מִנַּיִן, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (משלי ח, כב): ה' קָנָנִי רֵאשִׁית דַּרְכּוֹ. כִּסֵּא הַכָּבוֹד מִנַּיִן, דִּכְתִיב (תהלים צג, ב): נָכוֹן כִּסְאֲךָ מֵאָז וגו'. הָאָבוֹת וְיִשְׂרָאֵל וּבֵית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ וּשְׁמוֹ שֶׁל מָשִׁיחַ, עָלוּ בַּמַּחֲשָׁבָה לְהִבָּרְאוֹת, הָאָבוֹת מִנַּיִן, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (הושע ט, י): כַּעֲנָבִים בַּמִּדְבָּר וגו'. יִשְׂרָאֵל מִנַּיִן, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (תהלים עד, ב): זְכֹר עֲדָתְךָ קָנִיתָ קֶדֶם. בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ מִנַּיִן, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ירמיה יז, יב): כִּסֵּא כָבוֹד מָרוֹם מֵרִאשׁוֹן וגו'. שְׁמוֹ שֶׁל מָשִׁיחַ מִנַּיִן, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (תהלים עב, יז): יְהִי שְׁמוֹ לְעוֹלָם וגו'. רַבִּי אַהֲבָה בְּרַבִּי זְעִירָא אָמַר אַף הַתְּשׁוּבָה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (תהלים צ, ב): בְּטֶרֶם הָרִים יֻלָּדוּ, וְאוֹתָהּ הַשָּׁעָה תָּשֵׁב אֱנוֹשׁ עַד דַּכָּא וגו', אֲבָל אֵינִי יוֹדֵעַ אֵיזֶה מֵהֶם קֹדֶם, אִם הַתּוֹרָה קָדְמָה לְכִסֵּא הַכָּבוֹד וְאִם כִּסֵּא הַכָּבוֹד קֹדֶם לַתּוֹרָה, אָמַר רַבִּי אַבָּא בַּר כַּהֲנָא הַתּוֹרָה קָדְמָה לְכִסֵּא הַכָּבוֹד, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (משלי ח, כב): ה' קָנָנִי רֵאשִׁית דַּרְכּוֹ וגו', קוֹדֵם לְאוֹתוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב בּוֹ (תהלים צג, ב): נָכוֹן כִּסְאֲךָ מֵאָז. רַבִּי הוּנָא וְרַבִּי יִרְמְיָה בְּשֵׁם רַבִּי שְׁמוּאֵל בַּר רַבִּי יִצְחָק אָמְרוּ, מַחְשַׁבְתָּן שֶׁל יִשְׂרָאֵל קָדְמָה לְכָל דָּבָר, מָשָׁל לְמֶלֶךְ שֶׁהָיָה נָשׂוּי לְמַטְרוֹנָה אַחַת, וְלֹא הָיָה לוֹ מִמֶּנָּה בֵּן, פַּעַם אַחַת נִמְצָא הַמֶּלֶךְ עוֹבֵר בַּשּׁוּק, אָמַר טְלוּ מִילָנִין וְקַלְמִין זוֹ לִבְנִי, וְהָיוּ הַכֹּל אוֹמְרִין, בֵּן אֵין לוֹ וְהוּא אוֹמֵר טְלוּ מִילָנִין וְקַלְמִין זוֹ לִבְנִי, חָזְרוּ וְאָמְרוּ הַמֶּלֶךְ אַסְטְרוֹלוֹגוּס גָּדוֹל הוּא, אִלּוּלֵי שֶׁצָּפָה הַמֶּלֶךְ שֶׁהוּא עָתִיד לְהַעֲמִיד מִמֶּנָּה בֵּן לֹא הָיָה אוֹמֵר טְלוּ מִילָנִין וְקַלְמִין לִבְנִי. כָּךְ אִלּוּלֵי שֶׁצָּפָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא שֶׁאַחַר עֶשְׂרִים וְשִׁשָּׁה דּוֹרוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל עֲתִידִין לְקַבֵּל אֶת הַתּוֹרָה, לֹא הָיָה כּוֹתֵב בַּתּוֹרָה צַו אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל. אָמַר רַבִּי בַּנָאי, הָעוֹלָם וּמְלוֹאוֹ לֹא נִבְרָא אֶלָּא בִּזְכוּת הַתּוֹרָה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (משלי ג, יט): ה' בְּחָכְמָה יָסַד אֶרֶץ וגו'. רַבִּי בֶּרֶכְיָה אָמַר בִּזְכוּת משֶׁה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים לג, כא): וַיַּרְא רֵאשִׁית לוֹ. רַב הוּנָא בְּשֵׁם רַב מַתְנָה אָמַר, בִּזְכוּת שְׁלשָׁה דְּבָרִים נִבְרָא הָעוֹלָם, בִּזְכוּת חַלָּה, וּבִזְכוּת מַעַשְׂרוֹת, וּבִזְכוּת בִּכּוּרִים, וּמַה טַּעַם, בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, וְאֵין רֵאשִׁית אֶלָא חַלָּה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (במדבר טו, כ): רֵאשִׁית עֲרִסֹתֵיכֶם, אֵין רֵאשִׁית אֶלָּא מַעַשְׂרוֹת, הֵיךְ דְּאַתְּ אָמַר (דברים יח, ד): רֵאשִׁית דְּגָנְךָ, וְאֵין רֵאשִׁית אֶלָּא בִּכּוּרִים, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (שמות כג, יט): רֵאשִׁית בִּכּוּרֵי אַדְמָתְךָ וגו'.
"In the beginning of God's creating..." - Six things preceded the creation of the world; some of them were created and some of them were decided to be created. The Torah and the Throne of Glory were created. How do we know the Torah was? As it says (Proverbs 8:22): "God made me at the beginning of his way." How do we know the Throne of Glory was? As it says (Psalms 93:2): "Your throne is established as of old etc." The Patriarchs, Israel, the Temple, and the name of the Messiah were decided to be created. How do we know the Patriarchs were? As it says (Hosea 9:10): "Like grapes in the wilderness etc." How do we know Israel was? As it says (Psalms 74:2): "Remember your congregation, whom you purchased from old." How do we know the Temple was? As it says (Jeremiah 17:12): "Your throne of glory, on high from the beginning etc." How do we know the name of the Messiah was? As it says (Psalms 72:17): "May his name exist forever etc. [his name shall be Yinnon as long as the sun]." Rabbi Ahavah said in the name of Rabbi Ze'ira: Even repentance was, as it says (Psalms 90:2): "Before the mountains were birthed," and at the same time (Psalms 90:3), "You turned man to contrition etc." However, I do not know which was first--if the Torah preceded the Throne of Glory or the Throne of Glory preceded the Torah. Rabbi Abba Bar Cahana said: The Torah preceded the Throne of Glory, as it says (Proverbs 8:22): "God made me at the beginning of his way, the first of his works of old." This is before that of which it is written (Psalms 93:2): "Your throne is established as of old." Rabbi Hunna and Rabbi Yirmiyah in the name of Rabbi Shmuel the son of Rabbi Yitzchak said: The thought of Israel was before everything. This is like a king who was married to a woman and did not have a son. One time the king was in the market and said: "Take this ink and pen for my son." They said: "He does not have a son." He replied: "Take them; the king must expect a son, because otherwise he would not command that the ink and pen be taken." Similarly, if there was no expectation of Israel receiving it after 26 generations, God would not have written in the Torah: "Command the children of Israel" or "Speak to the children of Israel." Rabbi Bannai said: The world and its contents were only created in the merit of the Torah, as it says (Proverbs 3:19): "God founded the world with wisdom etc." Rabbi Berachiyah said: In the merit of Moses, as it says (Deuteronomy 33:21): "He saw a first part for himself." Rabbi Hunna said in the name of Rabbi Matanah: The world was created in the merit of three things--challah, tithes, and first fruits. The verse "In the beginning God created" refers to challah, as it says (Numbers 15:20): "The beginning of your doughs." It also refers to tithes, as it says (Deuteronomy 18:4): "The beginning of your grains." It also refers to first fruits, as it says (Exodus 23:19): "The beginning of the fruits of the land."
רַבִּי הוֹשַׁעְיָה רַבָּה פָּתַח (משלי ח, ל): וָאֶהְיֶה אֶצְלוֹ אָמוֹן וָאֶהְיֶה שַׁעֲשׁוּעִים יוֹם יוֹם וגו', אָמוֹן פַּדְּגוֹג, אָמוֹן מְכֻסֶּה, אָמוֹן מֻצְנָע, וְאִית דַּאֲמַר אָמוֹן רַבָּתָא. אָמוֹן פַּדְּגוֹג, הֵיךְ מָה דְאַתְּ אָמַר (במדבר יא, יב): כַּאֲשֶׁר יִשָֹּׂא הָאֹמֵן אֶת הַיֹּנֵק. אָמוֹן מְכֻסֶּה, הֵיאַךְ מָה דְאַתְּ אָמַר (איכה ד, ה): הָאֱמֻנִים עֲלֵי תוֹלָע וגו'. אָמוֹן מֻצְנָע, הֵיאַךְ מָה דְאַתְּ אָמַר (אסתר ב, ז): וַיְהִי אֹמֵן אֶת הֲדַסָּה. אָמוֹן רַבָּתָא, כְּמָא דְתֵימָא (נחום ג, ח): הֲתֵיטְבִי מִנֹּא אָמוֹן, וּמְתַרְגְּמִינַן הַאַתְּ טָבָא מֵאֲלֶכְּסַנְדְּרִיָא רַבָּתָא דְּיָתְבָא בֵּין נַהֲרוֹתָא. דָּבָר אַחֵר אָמוֹן, אֻמָּן. הַתּוֹרָה אוֹמֶרֶת אֲנִי הָיִיתִי כְּלִי אֻמְנוּתוֹ שֶׁל הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, בְּנֹהַג שֶׁבָּעוֹלָם מֶלֶךְ בָּשָׂר וָדָם בּוֹנֶה פָּלָטִין, אֵינוֹ בּוֹנֶה אוֹתָהּ מִדַּעַת עַצְמוֹ אֶלָּא מִדַּעַת אֻמָּן, וְהָאֻמָּן אֵינוֹ בּוֹנֶה אוֹתָהּ מִדַּעַת עַצְמוֹ אֶלָּא דִּפְתְּרָאוֹת וּפִנְקְסָאוֹת יֵשׁ לוֹ, לָדַעַת הֵיאךְ הוּא עוֹשֶׂה חֲדָרִים, הֵיאךְ הוּא עוֹשֶׂה פִּשְׁפְּשִׁין. כָּךְ הָיָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מַבִּיט בַּתּוֹרָה וּבוֹרֵא אֶת הָעוֹלָם, וְהַתּוֹרָה אָמְרָה בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים. וְאֵין רֵאשִׁית אֶלָּא תּוֹרָה, הֵיאַךְ מָה דְּאַתְּ אָמַר (משלי ח, כב): ה' קָנָנִי רֵאשִׁית דַּרְכּוֹ.
The great Rabbi Hoshaya opened [with the verse (Mishlei 8:30),] "I [the Torah] was an amon to Him and I was a plaything to Him every day." Amon means "pedagogue" (i.e. nanny). Amon means "covered." Amon means "hidden." And there is one who says amon means "great." Amon means "nanny," as in (Bamidbar 11:12) “As a nanny (omein) carries the suckling child." Amon means "covered," as in (Eichah 4:5) "Those who were covered (emunim) in scarlet have embraced refuse heaps." Amon means "hidden," as in (Esther 2:7) "He hid away (omein) Hadassah." Amon means "great," as in (Nahum 3:8) "Are you better than No-amon [which dwells in the rivers]?" which the Targum renders as, "Are you better than Alexandria the Great (amon), which dwells between the rivers?" Alternatively, amon means "artisan." The Torah is saying, "I was the artisan's tool of Hashem." In the way of the world, a king of flesh and blood who builds a castle does not do so from his own knowledge, but rather from the knowledge of an architect, and the architect does not build it from his own knowledge, but rather he has scrolls and books in order to know how to make rooms and doorways. So too Hashem gazed into the Torah and created the world. Similarly the Torah says, "Through the reishis Hashem created [the heavens and the earth]," and reishis means Torah, as in "Hashem made me [the Torah] the beginning (reishis) of His way" (Mishlei 8:22).
(כב) יְֽהֹוָ֗ה קָ֭נָנִי רֵאשִׁ֣ית דַּרְכּ֑וֹ קֶ֖דֶם מִפְעָלָ֣יו מֵאָֽז׃
(22) “The LORD created me at the beginning of His course
As the first of His works of old.
אֲמַר לֵיהּ דִּינָא דְּמָר לָא בָּעֵינָא קַבּוֹלֵי לְקַבֵּיל מָר דְּלָא לִמְנְעַן מָר מֵאַקְרוֹבֵי בִּכּוּרִים דְּתַנְיָא וְאִישׁ בָּא מִבַּעַל שָׁלִישָׁה וַיָּבֵא לְאִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים לֶחֶם בִּכּוּרִים עֶשְׂרִים לֶחֶם שְׂעוֹרִים וְכַרְמֶל בְּצִקְלוֹנוֹ וְכִי אֱלִישָׁע אוֹכֵל בִּכּוּרִים הֲוָה אֶלָּא לוֹמַר לָךְ כׇּל הַמֵּבִיא דּוֹרוֹן לְתַלְמִיד חָכָם כְּאִילּוּ מַקְרִיב בִּכּוּרִים
The man said to him: I do not need the Master’s judgment. However, let the Master accept my gift anyway, so that the Master does not prevent me from presenting first fruits. What does the mitzva of first fruits have to with this situation? As it is taught in a baraita: “And there came a man came from Ba’al Shalisha, and he brought the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of corn in his sack” (II Kings 4:42). But did Elisha, the recipient of these gifts, eat first fruits? After all, he was not a priest. Rather, this verse comes to tell you: Whoever brings a gift to a Torah scholar, it is as though he has presented first fruits. This visitor to Rav Anan wished to fulfill this mitzva.
דָּבָר אַחֵר, וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת בְּרִיתִי יַעֲקוֹב, הֲדָא הוּא דִכְתִיב (ישעיה מג, א): וְעַתָּה כֹּה אָמַר ה' בֹּרַאֲךָ יַעֲקֹב וְיֹצֶרְךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל, רַבִּי פִּנְחָס בְּשֵׁם רַבִּי רְאוּבֵן אָמַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לְעוֹלָמוֹ עוֹלָמִי עוֹלָמִי אוֹמַר לְךָ מִי בְּרָאֲךָ מִי יְצָרְךָ, יַעֲקֹב בְּרָאֲךָ יַעֲקֹב יְצָרְךָ, כַּכָּתוּב: בֹּרַאֲךָ יַעֲקֹב וְיֹצֶרְךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל. רַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ דְּסִכְנִין בְּשֵׁם רַבִּי לֵוִי אָמַר בְּהֵמוֹת לֹא נִבְרְאוּ אֶלָּא בִּזְכוּתוֹ שֶׁל יַעֲקֹב, הֲדָא הוּא דִכְתִיב (איוב מ, טו): הִנֵּה נָא בְהֵמוֹת אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתִי עִמָּךְ. רַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בְּרַבִּי נְחֶמְיָה בְּשֵׁם רַבִּי חֲנִינָא בְּרַבִּי יִצְחָק אָמַר שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ לֹא נִבְרְאוּ אֶלָּא בִּזְכוּת יַעֲקֹב, דִּכְתִיב (תהלים עח, ה): וַיָּקֶם עֵדוּת בְּיַעֲקֹב, וְאֵין עֵדוּת הָאָמוּר כָּאן אֶלָּא שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ, כְּמָה דְאַתְּ אָמַר (דברים ל, יט): הַעִדֹתִי בָכֶם הַיּוֹם אֶת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת הָאָרֶץ. אָמַר רַבִּי בֶּרֶכְיָה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ לֹא נִבְרְאוּ אֶלָּא בִּזְכוּת יִשְׂרָאֵל, דִּכְתִיב (בראשית א, א): בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, וְאֵין רֵאשִׁית אֶלָּא יִשְׂרָאֵל, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ירמיה ב, ג): קֹדֶשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל לַה' רֵאשִׁית תְּבוּאָתֹה. אָמַר רַבִּי אַחָא שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ לֹא נִבְרְאוּ אֶלָּא בִּזְכוּת משֶׁה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים לג, כא): וַיַּרְא רֵאשִׁית לוֹ, אָמַר רַבִּי אַבָּהוּ הַכֹּל לֹא נוֹצָר אֶלָּא בִּזְכוּת יַעֲקֹב, הֲדָא הוּא דִכְתִיב (ירמיה י, טו): לֹא כְאֵלֶּה חֵלֶק יַעֲקֹב כִּי יוֹצֵר הַכֹּל הוּא, בִּשְׁבִיל יַעֲקֹב יָצַר הַכֹּל. רַבִּי בֶּרֶכְיָה וְרַבִּי לֵוִי בְּשֵׁם רַבִּי שְׁמוּאֵל בַּר נַחְמָן אָמַר אַבְרָהָם לֹא נִצּוֹל מִכִּבְשַׁן הָאֵשׁ אֶלָּא בִּזְכוּת יַעֲקֹב, מָשָׁל לְאֶחָד שֶׁהָיָה עוֹמֵד וְנִדּוֹן לִפְנֵי שִׁלְטוֹן וְיָצָא דִינוֹ לִפְנֵי שִׁלְטוֹן לִשָּׂרֵף, צָפָה אוֹתָהּ הַשִּׁלְטוֹן בָּאִצְטְרוֹלוֹגוֹס שֶׁלּוֹ וְרָאָה שֶׁעָתִיד לְהוֹלִיד בַּת שֶׁהִיא נִשַּׂאת לַמֶּלֶךְ, אָמַר כְּדַי הוּא לְהִנָּצֵל בִּזְכוּת בִּתּוֹ שֶׁהוּא עָתִיד לְהוֹלִיד, כָּךְ אַבְרָהָם יָצָא דִינוֹ מִלִּפְנֵי נִמְרוֹד לִשָּׂרֵף, וְצָפָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא שֶׁיַּעֲקֹב עָתִיד לָצֵאת מִמֶּנּוּ, אָמַר כְּדַאי הוּא לִנָּצֵל בִּזְכוּת יַעֲקֹב, הֲדָא הוּא דִכְתִיב (ישעיה כט, כב): כֹּה אָמַר ה' אֶל בֵּית יַעֲקֹב אֲשֶׁר פָּדָה אֶת אַבְרָהָם. וְרַבָּנָן אָמְרִין אַבְרָהָם עַצְמוֹ לֹא נִבְרָא אֶלָּא בִּזְכוּתוֹ שֶׁל יַעֲקֹב, הֲדָא הוּא דִכְתִיב (בראשית יח, יט): כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת בָּנָיו וְאֶת בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ ה' לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט, וְאֵין צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט אֶלָּא בְּיַעֲקֹב, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (תהלים צט, ד): מִשְׁפָּט וּצְדָקָה בְּיַעֲקֹב אַתָּה עָשִׂיתָ.
(ג) קֹ֤דֶשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ לַיהֹוָ֔ה רֵאשִׁ֖ית תְּבוּאָתֹ֑ה כׇּל־אֹכְלָ֣יו יֶאְשָׁ֔מוּ רָעָ֛ה תָּבֹ֥א אֲלֵיהֶ֖ם נְאֻם־יְהֹוָֽה׃ {פ}
(3) Israel was holy to the LORD,
The first fruits of His harvest.
All who ate of it were held guilty;
Disaster befell them
—declares the LORD.