Elul Hallel II
“Who turns the rock into a pond of water, the flint into a flowing mountain.” (Psalms 114:8) The water that issued forth from the rock is far beyond the rules of nature. Generally, God desires to minimize the miraculous. It would have been sufficient for God to provide water for the people, but He wanted to did far more, and with great display to show His concern not only for the people, but for their animals as well. This is the meaning of the Talmud (Menachot 76b):
Said R. Eleazar, The Torah wished to spare Israel unnecessary expense. Where is this indicated? For it is written, “And you shalt give the congregation and their cattle drink.”(Numbers 20:8) Rabbi Yechezkail Landau – Responsa Nodah Biyhuda, Y”D
As we begin the month of Elul, the month of intense expression of God’s love for us, as expressed by His concern for all we do, and our love for Him as expressed by our desire to reconnect, we remember and celebrate another powerful expression of His deep love: He cares even for our money and possessions. There is no detail of our lives that escapes His attention and concern.
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