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MEGILAH 31 - Dedicated by Mr. Avi Berger of Queens, NY, in memory of his father, Reb Pinchas ben Reb Avraham Yitzchak, in honor of his Yahrzeit (16 Adar).
1. The Gemara discusses the Torah portions that are read on the second day of the festivals outside of Eretz Yisrael.
2. Rebbi Yochanan: Whenever we find a verse mentioning the strength of Hashem, His humility is apparent.
3. Rebbi Yochanan gives examples of this principle (#2).
4. The Gemara explains how the Ma'amados enable the world to continue to exist.
5. The Gemara explains that this merit continues when we read the verses that discuss the Korbanos.
A BIT MORE
1. The Gemara points out that even though a Beraisa teaches what portions are read on what days, the custom in some cases changed and other portions are read (e.g. during the days of Pesach).
2. He says that this concept may be seen in verses from the Torah, Nevi'im, and Kesuvim.
3. For example, the verse states, "For He is the G-d of all powers, and the Master of all masters," and then it states, "He takes care of the judgment of the orphan and widow."
4. The Gemara explains that the animals which Avraham Avinu slaughtered at the Bris Bein ha'Besarim (when Avraham was shown the future sins of his descendants), hinted to the fact that the world would exist due to the merit of Klal Yisrael bringing, and participating in, the public Korbanos.
5. Hashem considers this reading as though we actually offered these Korbanos, and He thereby forgives our sins.
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