Friday, July 16, 2004

Berachos 7a

Gemara: "We learned in the name of R' Meir: When the sun shines [in the morning] and all the kings of the east and west place their crowns on their heads and bow to the son, Hashem immediately becomes angry." The gemara seems to be talking about a specific single moment. How can we understand it in accordance with our knowledge of time zones? My only suggestion would be that in every time zone this moment would occur at a different time. Additionally, maybe this moment of anger of Hashem only affects those who are in the "zone" of that anger. This could be an explanation why Bilaam wanted to be in sight of the Jewish Nation to curse them, (as the gemara explained earlier that he wanted to curse them at the instant Hashem got angry).


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