Rabbi Yitzchak Blau

Redeeming the Willow Rabbi Yitzchak Blau Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum In the famous midrash (Vayikra Rabba 30:12) comparing the four species with four types of Jews, the aravah fairs quite poorly.  Lacking taste and smell, the willow is compared to those Jews devoid of both Torah learning and good deeds.  Granted that the midrash emphasizes the significance …

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