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Pirkei Avot 6:2: Toledot Yaakov Yosef: You Do Hear It! Print E-mail

Pirkei AvosEvery single day a heavenly voice emanates from Mount Horeb, proclaiming and saying, “Woe to them, to the people, because of their insult to the Torah!” For whoever does not occupy himself with the Torah is called, “Rebuked,” as it is said, “As a golden ring in a swine’s snout is a beautiful woman who turns away from good judgment (Proverbs 11:22).” [Avot 6:2]


The Baal Shem Tov asked: what is the purpose of the Heavenly Voice if it cannot be heard? And, if it is heard, why has it no effect?

He explained that the Heavenly Voice expressed the repentance in thoughts that frequently occur to people. These thoughts, causing man to question himself and suggesting a reorientation of his life, are not random events, but are messages or summonses by God. (Toledot Yaakov Yosef; Beha’alotecha)

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