Sunday, June 14, 2009

Amos 8:11

"Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "When I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the LORD."

Let me drash this verse out for you. This is a curse.

How can it be a curse? Surely it a good thing when people want to learn Torah!

But there will be a famine of Torah. And so people will imbibe other teachings, of other nations.

That is why we say, "Yeish Chokhma B'Goyim" - they have science that we can accept.

We must guard ourselves against their "torah", their religious/philosophical teachings

And if we tell our selves "Ain Chokhma B'Goyim" - When we see airplanes and medicine and cellphones, we will know that it is a lie.

And so we will go after their "Torah", and leave our own.

That is why we should not lie, and why we should admit "Yeish Chokhma B'Goyim".

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