Friday, February 02, 2007

The Ohr HaChaim's Comment On The "Rationalist" Ibn Ezra's Remarks

(Painting by Baruch Nachshon)

But the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the water was to them like a wall from their right and from their left. (Shemos 14:29)

To this the Ohr HaChaim comments:

"It is worth reading Ibn Ezra's commentary on verse 27 where he lambasts the commentators who tried to explain away the miracle. He debunks the theory that Moshe was well informed about the time of the low tide and hide tide respectively, whereas Pharaoh was ignorant of this and this is why he drowned with his army."

This continues an earlier conversation that started here.


At February 4, 2007 at 8:29:00 AM EST, Blogger Jonathan said...

I asked Rabbi Lazer Brody his opinion whether a person should stay away from this commentary and he replied, "Yes, because many of them were into "chakira". For that reason, we also don't learn the Rambam's "Guide to the Perplexed" nor chapter one of "Chovos Halevavos" - the Baal Shem Tov way (Degel, Breslev, etc) is pure and simple emuna."

Wasn't it the Gra who originally came out against learning the first chapter of Chovot Halevavot? If so, it's somewhat funny that avoidance of this chapter is attributed to the "Baal Shem Tov way."

At February 5, 2007 at 11:10:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that you realize that the Baal Shem Tov position on this predates the GR"A's.


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