Vayikra: Chapter 57

"When the morning stars sang together"


The merchant tells us that when God goes to the Garden of Eden to delight himself with the righteous, everyone and everything praise him with joy. In the morning Mercy prevails and all the stars and constellations praise and chant to God. The merchant wonders then why shouts (T'ruah) are called for, if judgments are removed at the time of Mercy. Rabbi Shimon explains that this means the shouts broke the power of severe judgments. This all happened because Abraham awoke and went to plant a tamarisk in Beer-Sheva.