Dvar Torah Parshat HaAzinu 2008 5769 דבר תורה פרשת האזינו

Moshe tells our people: YA’AROF KAMATAR LIKCHI TIZAL KATAL IMRATI, : “May my teaching drop like the rain, may my utterance flow like the dew…”. ( Deut. 32,2) Moshe is referring, of course, to the Torah. He uses two different metaphors. The Torah shall come down like rain and like dew. Rain comes down forcefully, dew serenely

The Sforno gives an interesting explanation for the two different comparisons. For the knowledgeable and learned the Torah can come vigorously, with intensity and with great detail. For those not so learned it must come in moderation and in less detail and greater generalization.

This is an extremely important lesson for teachers, for parents and for that matter, for everyone trying to convey a point to others. One must know to whom they are talking, what their ability of understanding is and how readily they are to accept the intended message. They must then convey it appropriately.


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