Starting to taste from parashat “Vayishlach” Katonti, Jacob’s prayer, Torah’s words with the beutiful music and voice of Yonatan Razel

 “I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. Save me, I pray….” (Gen 32:10-11)



About the Word Katonti:

Reading Genesis 32:11, “I am too small (קָטֹנְתִּי, katonti) for all the mercies, and of all the truth, that You have shown to Your servant,” Rabbi Abba bar Kahana interpreted the word קָטֹנְתִּי, katonti, to mean “I do not deserve them” (the kindnesses that God had shown Jacob), for “I am too small.” Rabbi Levi interpreted the word קָטֹנְתִּי, katonti, to mean that Jacob did indeed deserve those kindnesses, but now “I am too small” (for God had already rewarded the merit that Jacob once had, and thus diminished the favor to which his merit may have entitled him, so now he feared that he might have no right to appeal for God’s further assistance).  Genesis Rabbah 76:5

Rabbi Yannai taught that when people expose themselves to danger and are saved by miracles, it is deducted from their merits and so they end up with less merit to their credit. Rabbi Hanin cited Genesis 32:11 to prove this, reading Jacob to say to God: “I am become diminished [that is, I have less merit to my credit] by reason of all the deeds of kindness and all the truth that You have shown to your servant.”  Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 32a


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