Thursday, April 3, 2014

The "vav" in "v'lamalshinim"


One the requests in the amidah turns to G-d to punish those who seek to harm us. The blessing begins with an odd conjunction, V'lamalshinim, "And for the slanderers"; no other blessing among the amidah's requests begins with a conjunction.

Indeed, some authoritative editions lack this conjunction, but it may be justified as linking this request to the previous one, which asks G-d to promote general justice in the world.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:78:2)

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