Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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The Three Pillars Personified
The forefathers Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov were the foundations of the Torah world. They personally embodied the three foundations of the world: Torah, service and kindness. Kind deeds were the outstanding characteristic of Avraham, who is noted for his hospitality to guests. Yitzchak, who willing approached the sacrificial altar, exemplifies the service of HaShem. Scripture associates the Torah nation with Yaakov, as it says, “Moshe commanded to us the Torah, the inheritance of their congregation of Yaakov” (Devarim 33:4).
The mussar of the Men of the Great Assembly and of Shimon HaTzaddik consists of three components, as do many of the statements in this tractate. This is because three elements embrace the total perspective: Everything has two opposite extremes and a middle that unifies those extremes into a whole. For example, the pillars of existence are: the animal sacrifices of the Temple service and its opposite, kindness, and Torah that binds them into a total, balanced system.
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