Friday, May 30, 2008
like sand and like stars: more kamus vs. eichus
The Jewish people are compared to the stars in the sky and the sand of the earth. The Shem m’Shmuel on this week’s parsha points out that there is a difference between the two analogies. The comparison to sand highlights kamus, the quantitative numerical population explosion that the Jewish people will merit. The comparison to stars highlights eichus, the qualitative greatness to which the Jewish people can rise.