More Discussions for this daf
1. Getting things through prayer 2. Dovid Hamelech and the Harp 3. The speed of the angels
4. Chamor No'er 5. Shema after Tefilla 6. Bedai
7. Moshe and Pharaoh's astrologers 8. Ge'ulah Samuch la'Tefilah 9. Eliyahu in 4 Flights; Rav Elazar bar Avina
10. The Logic of Rebbi Yehoshua ben Levi 11. Rashi 12. Bushah & Kelimah
13. Verse proving David was not embarrassed 14. Ashrei 15. Rashi
16. Saying Shema before Shemoneh Esreh 17. Lulei 18. "Lulei"
19. Unneccessary repetition 20. Semichat Ge'ulah l'Tefilah 21. Interpretation of "BeShachbecha"
22. בחצות הלילה 23. King David dealing with Halachic issues
DAF DISCUSSIONS - BERACHOS 4

Pinchas Glovin asked:

Why is Eliyahu's mission accomplished in "4 flights", whereas Michael and Gavriel's are achieved in 1 and 2 flights respectively?

Pinchas Glovin, Brooklyn, USA

The Kollel replies:

Micha'el is the Angel of mercy (he is made of water), Gavriel, the Angel of Din (he is made of fire) and Eliyahu, the Angel of Redemption. Hash-m's Midas Rachamim (quality-trait of mercy) works swiftly, whereas His Midas ha'Din (quality-trait) works slowly (because He always gives people a chance to do Teshuvah). The Midas ha'Din that involves taking a person's life works even more slowly (which explains why the Angel of death requires eight flights).

Once we are sent into Galus (exile) the redemption, as we see in practice, requires a lot of merit, since Galus takes a long time to reverse. This is why Eliyahu needs 4 flights.

See Agados Maharsha, on whom my explanation is based, who elaborates this further.

Kol Tuv,

R. Eliezer Chrysler