[Avodah] Starving children juxtaposed with a picture of the first Beracha of Bentching

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Fri Mar 8 11:03:20 PST 2013

On Fri, Mar 08, 2013 at 06:59:22AM +0200, Marty Bluke wrote:
: This photo (
: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CI2uCSW0tXs/UTNM6oQUasI/AAAAAAAAAFk/KDZnlMoRwHs/s400/Untitled.png)
: was: shared around Facebook last week, juxtaposing the first beracha of
: Bentching (which states that Hashem "gives food to all flesh, for His
: kindness is everlasting.") with starving children somewhere in Africa...

And "na'ar hayisi vegam zaqanti velo ra'isi tzadiq ne'ezav" you DO

See the Radaq on the pasuq your quote draws from (Tehillim 136:25) or
was the precursor of. (Depending on how much of that berakhah is the
text of Moshe's original.) Hashem created a world in which food exists for
every creature. Not one in which there were no suffering.

As I understand him: benching is saying that when you see starving
children, blame people for not doing more. G-d did his part. It's
our job to bring it to perfection.


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