There will not be a plague among them when counting them

מרן הרב אשר וייס

  ולא יהיה בהם נגף בפקוד אותם   Reish Lakish said: it was clearly known in advance before  He Who spoke, and the world came into being [i.e. G-d] that Haman was destined to weigh out shekalim (i.e. silver coins) for the purpose of destroying the Jews.  Therefore, He caused the Jews to precede their…

The covenant of the Oral Tradition

מרן הרב אשר וייס

ברית תורה שבעל פה   כתב לך את הדברים האלה כי על פי הדברים האלה כרתי אתך ברית ואת ישראל[1] Write these words for yourself, for according to these words have I sealed a covenant with you and Israel.   The Holy One did not enter a covenant with the Jewish people but for the…