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"Do not place a stumbling block before the blind" (Leviticus 19:14) can also mean not to knowingly give bad advice. The Hebrew word for "stumbling block" appears 12 times in the Torah and Prophets and this is the only time it is spelled with a vav. How does this missing letter teach us the difference between good advice and bad?

A Stumbling Block Before the Blind

A Stumbling Block Before the Blind

Letters and Numbers of Torah - Kedoshim

Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin is the official Chabad emissary to downtown Brooklyn, rabbi of Congregation B’nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights, New York and Dean of Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy. He is the author of the books “Thank You God for Making Me a Woman", "Letters of Light", "By Divine Design", and "Guardian of Israel", and the co-author of "The Rabbi & The CEO".
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Rabbi Aaron Raskin Bklyn hts March 17, 2017

Dear Sharon,
Perhaps the answer 1) G-d doesn't give us a challenge we cannot overcome. 2) furthermore he can remove it at any time 3) it may serve as a cleansing process! 4) we can and must pray that he remove it! Reply

Sharon March 17, 2017

Doesn't G-d put stumbling blocks before us, such as mental illnesses eg: Clinical Depression, Tourettes Syndrome, etc.? Reply

Leah May 10, 2016

I understand - so even if it is good advice for the other, we are not to give it if we have personal gain, personal bias - understood - but there is no "vav" here and the posuk says "do not" so it seems to indicate that we are not to give the advice even if there is no personal gain....i.e. no "vav" Reply

Andre Rio de Janeiro - Brazil April 16, 2014

Big fan!

When I discover the depths of the torah, I'm haunted. Reply

Anonymous oo March 24, 2014

Interesting how that portion that says don't put a stumbling block before the blind is followed by, "don't curse one who cannot hear". It would seem G-d is trying to say that, before we allow pain upon Hashem's people, we should let them know that the pain is coming. Thus we would have opened their eyes to impending doom before it hits them. Therefore we metaphorically won't be putting a stumbling block before the blind or cursing those who cannot hear; Just as Hashem warned Adam and Eve of the fruit they shouldn't eat, thus opening their eyes to the stumbling block in their midst. Reply

Rabbi Raskin looks at the hidden meanings of the sizes and numerical values (gematria) of the Hebrew letters in the weekly Torah portion.