The merit of Gidon (Gideon). Speaker: Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z”l.
00:00 – Review of the beginning of Sefer Shoftim.
03:00 – “You cannot reach the limit of Hashem’s patience and kindness.” – Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z”l
04:00 – An angel appears to Gidon ben Yoash, (from the tribe of Menashe).
11:20 – Hashem commands Gidon to destroy an alter to Baal and receives an additional name: Yiru-Baal. He asks and receives Divine proof that he should amass an army against Midian.
18:00 – A selection of soldiers is made by testing them in drinking at a river. Only 300 of 10,000 soldiers didn’t get down on their knees to drink. “At no time should a Jew get down on both knees.” – R’ Rosenfeld.
23:00 – Meaning of the Midianite soldier’s dream about the loaf of oat bread.
26:00 – In panic, the Midianite soldiers destroyed one another. Gidon pursues and kills the two kings of Midian.
30:00 – Gidon refuses to accept kingship over Israel. His half-son Avimelech instigates a rebellion and killed 69 of Gidon’s 70 sons. Only the youngest son, Yosam (Jotham), remained.
38:00 – Yosam tells the parable of the thorn to the people of Shechem who had joined Avimelech’s rebellion.
40:00 – Avimelech is killed and temporary peace for the Jews returned until they fell away from Hashem again. “Each Jew can find himself in the words of the Navi because [like the People of Israel] he [personally] goes through these periods of elevation and descent.” – R” Rosenfeld z”l.