Monday, April 04, 2005
The Extraordinary Number of Stars
The Gemara in Berachos 32b (a recent Daf Yomi ) states that there exist what amount to billions, perhaps trillions or quadrillions, of stars. I think this Gemara is best understood in the context of the last mishnah (technically, the baraisa tack-on to the last mishnah) that asserts that in the eventual future every tzaddik will be granted 310 olamos. I always used to understand that mishnah metaphorically, but it occurred to me recently that it may well be meant k'peshuto: The greatest amount of dveykus in Hashem - the ultimate reward of Olam HaBa - is accomplished by halichah b'derachav. It therefore stands to reason that each and every tzaddik should be holeich b'darchei Hashem in the ultimate sense - as a Creator. Hence, each and every Tzaddik is given 310 olamos to form and shape and develop. Thus the need for myriad stars, so as to have the myriad planets l'hanchil l'ohavei Hashem.