Thursday, February 8, 2018

אלהא דמאיר עניני- Its Not A Name

אלהא דמאיר עניני

According to the אגדות המהרש"א  (Avoda Zarah 18a)  the correct answer is (e)

The מהרש"א says, "It can’t refer to the Tanna R.Meir* because he was still alive. In his lifetime** he would not use
his own name attached to  Hashem's name".

The מהרש"א says “ מאיר is not a name. It is a word, המאיר who lights up the world. (המאיר לארץ ) Hashem who lights up the world (present) should help me

Or, "אלהא דמאיר" Hashem who lit up for us during the dark days of the Greeks withthe נס of Chanukah”. (past) He shall bring  Nissim and save me.
* עיין הגהות יעב"ץ ומהר"ל שחולקים על המהרש"א

**עיין רש"י בראשית ל"א: מ"ב ד"ה ופחד יצחק

1 comment:

  1. That's probably why we say it when looking for lost items - "עד שהקב״ה מאיר את עיניהם"


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