Shmuel/Samuel 2, Chapters 13 and 14. Speaker: Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z”l.
00:00 – The incident of Tamar, Amnon, and Avshalom.
09:50 – Dovid HaMelech (King David) yearns for his banished son. Father and son are reunited through a ruse orchestrated by the king’s general, Yoav, and a “Wise Woman of Tekoa.”
17:47 – The roots of Avshalom’s rebellion.
22:33 – Dovid HaMelechh is forced to flee from Jerusalem. Shimi ben Gera curses him along the way.
24:09 – Avshalom usurps his father’s throne.
*28:18 – While excavating the site of the future Beis HaMikdash (Holy Temple), Dovid HaMelech accidentally dislodged the Even Shesiya (Foundation Stone of the Creation). Subterranean reservoirs of water erupted from the depths, and only with the help of Achitofel was the king able to stop the flood (Sukkah 53a).
37:21 – Statement in Pirkei Avos (Ethics of the Fathers) 6:3 about Dovid HaMelech learning only two things from Achitofel, illustrating the importance of honoring any person from whom one learns Torah.
38:16 – Concluding words about the suffering of Dovid HaMelech.