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From: rhendel@king.mcs.drexel.edu (Russell Hendel) Date: Sun, 11 Aug 1996 16:02:19 -0400 Subject: A model prototype of Good Midrash [Katz, Vol 24 #76] asks why "..for all generations.." is included in the paragraph discussing the counting and bringing of the OMER. Jonathan correctly argues that it appears that the obligation is "at all times" and not e.g only when the Temple is standing. In fact, that is exactly the reason. One is biblically obligated to count OMER today (even though it is obviously connected with a Temple act that we do NOT have an obligation for). There is a MALBIM someplace (I think on Tzizith in Bamidbar which Katz wants too ask about next) that collects ALL mitzvoth where it says ...for all generations.... The MALBIM points out that this occurs frequently (again I am not sure but I believe between 2-3 dozen times). The MALBIM suggests an underlying rationale: If a mitzvah is (1) connected to a Temple commandment but is(2) obligatory at all times then the Torah will say "..for all times..." This works out nicely for OMER. In passing I note that this MALBIM is exemplary of good MIDRASH. Since the MALBIM doesn't *just* "make a distinction" to explain the MIDRASH...rather the MALBIM goes thru *all* cases and shows that the distinction explains those where it occurs. Incidentally in regards to Jonathans other question ---what does ZD mean in connection with animals--Josh Backon [Vol 24 #78] has already indicated that it probably refers to nets. I would like to add that ZD is one of the 39 main categories of MELACHAH on Shabbath---and it (halachically ) refers to trapping. Russell Jay Hendel, Ph.d. ASA rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu