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Rabbi Eleazar Rokeach of Worms was a leading talmudist and the author of the Sefer ha rokeah, which has some fascinating passages regarding teshuvah. I wonder though, is one permitted to serve as a rabbi to animals, particularly non-kosher ones like worms? If not, is this why he had such sharp insight into teshuvah?

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Rav Eleazar of Worms was actually David Hamelech's Rabbi, as he is known as "The Worm" in Tehillim 22:7:

וְאָנֹכִי תוֹלַעַת וְלֹא אִישׁ

The plural "worms" presumably refers to the rest of David's family, who were born to him.

I'm going to stop short of saying why this is directly related to insight into Teshuva.

P.S. You have to upvote this answer because I quoted Tehillim 22 in a Purim Torah answer...

  • OK, you're not that poor that you have to schnorr for Purim .. I upvoted b/c your answer is clever; not b/c of your suggestion. Happy, now?? – DanF Feb 28 '18 at 14:36
  • @DanF כל הפושט יד נותנים לו – רבות מחשבות Feb 28 '18 at 15:52
  • One who gives tzedaka should give Dei Machsoro. Are you still lacking something? – DanF Feb 28 '18 at 16:35

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