Dew-ey Wins!: Tal, Explained

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8 Responses

  1. A. M. says:

    Excellent — thanks for sharing.
    See how nice this fits with the Chezkuni to Bereishis 27:28.
    כח) מטל השמים שהרי ארץ כנען נתונה לזרעו של אבא ולזרעי, וגשמים אין יורדים בה אלא ב’ פעמים בשנה. יורה במר חשון ומלקוש בסיון נשאר כל ימות השנה צריכה טל מן השמים

  2. Bob Miller says:

    So tru-man.

    [YA – And you are very tal-ented]

  3. Raymond says:

    The most important, dramatic moment in all of human history, was when G-d gave us Jews the Torah on Mount Sinai. Yet the moment it was given, that mountain was no longer considered to be sacred. It reverted back to being a very ordinary mountain. Nobody really even knows where it is anymore. Contrast that with King David locating the site for the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and how that singular spot in all the world, has always and will forevermore be considered to be the most sacred space in our entire world.

    So why the difference? Because of the relative effort we put in each of those encounters. When it came to receiving the Torah, our Jewish ancestors did not necessarily deserve to experience such an unparalleled level of prophecy. It was basically a gift from G-d. The Holy Temple, however, was something we collectively built, and so that space is forever sacred to us.

    Perhaps that is also why Shavuot is a relatively quiet holiday, without fanfare, while Simchat Torah is basically a very public, happy holiday consisting of singing and dancing around the Torah, for on Shavuot, we received the Torah from G-d without much effort on our part, while Simchat Torah comes after long hours of Torah study and engaging in the Torah’s commandments. In other words, it is a result of our efforts.

    Especially in tough times like the one we are living in now thanks to our current American President, there is a natural tendency to long for G-d bestowing spiritual gifts on us, whether or not we deserve them. I think, though, that in the end, what is most valued by both G-d and by us, are the efforts that we make as mortal human beings, to becoming closer to G-d.

  4. Jewish Observer says:

    Better Tal Commision than omission

  5. Tal Benschar says:

    Thanks for the article. I often say that half the year people pray for me to be blessed (ten Tal u’matar livracha) and half the year they pray for my downfall (morid ha Tal).

  6. Shira Schmidt says:

    When I saw the title of Rabbi Adlerstein’s post, “Dew-ey Wins”, I was sure it was going to be about the Dewey vs Truman election, and the implications for the Herzog vs. Netanyahu election vis-a-vis the TAL Law (on army service deferments for yeshiva students). Am I reading correctly betweent the lines? or is this my imagination…. or obsession with Israeli politics. Here is what one description says: “On the morning after the 1948 presidential election, the Chicago Daily Tribune’s headline read “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.” That’s what the Republicans, the polls, the newspapers, the political writers, and even many Democrats had expected. But in the largest political upset in U.S. history, Harry S Truman surprised everyone when he, and not Thomas E. Dewey, won the 1948 election for President of the United States.”

    Substitute the prediction and almost-printed headline “Herzog Defeats Netanyahu” for the actually-printed headline “Dewey Defeats Turman” and we almost have a deja vu.

  7. Moshe Hillson says:

    About 15 years ago, we were staying at the Nir Etzion Hotel. We took a jeep ride through the Mount Carmel Forest, and the driver-guide told us that this forest subsists exclusively upon dew during the summer months.

  8. Yitzchok says:

    The link that you gave, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2008WR007484/ leads to a blank page. Is there any way for us to access the study, please?

    [YA – Try http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2008WR007484/abstract;jsessionid=9B977D268E49CB045BF1C ]

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