Sunday, July 07, 2013

Be Among the Builders

Do not call them "your sons" but rather "your builders".


Temple Mount Institute.


Babylonian Talmud Berachot 64A:-

Rabbi Elazar said [that] Rabbi Hanina said: Torah scholars increase peace in the world, as it is said, “And all your children [banayikh] shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children” (Isaiah 54:13). [If all the children of Israel are taught of the Lord, there will be peace for all].
[The Sages interpreted this verse homiletically:] Do not read your children [banayikh], but your builders [bonayikh]. [Torah scholars are those who build peace for their generation. As it is stated:] “Those who love your Torah have great peace, there is no stumbling block for them” (Psalms 119:165); [and] “May there be peace within your walls, prosperity within your palaces” (Psalms 122:7), [because:] “For the sake of my brothers and friends, I shall say: Peace be within you. For the sake of the House of the Lord, our God, I will seek your good” (Psalms 122:8-9) [and] “May the Lord give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace” (Psalms 29:11).