Vayikra: Chapter 48

There were two women in the world


We learn about Deborah and Hannah, who praised God more than any man ever did. Hannah opened the gate of faith in the world, and she prophesied that Samuel would be the equal of Moses and Aaron. Rabbi Shimon analyzes a long portion of 1st Shmuel, the central message of which is that the strength of severe judgment will be broken by the illumination of Binah. From what Deborah said we learn that God invited all the nations to receive the Torah, but none of them wanted it. Rabbi Shimon tells us that because people sinned in Jerusalem, the whole nation sinned.