Questions tagged [elisha]

Prophet during days of First Temple

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3 votes
1 answer

Can one enter a church to pray at the kever of Elisha Hanovi

To get to the tziyun of Elisha ben Shefot in Haifa, one has to enter a church. Is one allowed to do so or does one have to pray outside the walls of the church? According to most of the opinions ...
yosefkorn's user avatar
  • 1,382
2 votes
2 answers

Chazal Imply Gechazi was Rotten and Elisha Didn't Know -- What Lesson is Gained from This?

If you just read the verses in Melachim Bet, Gechazi seems to faithfully serve his boss Elisha a few times, then he gets greedy and makes a couple of bucks off of the venture, at which point Elisha ...
Shalom's user avatar
  • 131k
1 vote
1 answer

Why did Elisha keep Geichazi as an assistant?

Although Geichazi seemingly has no share in Olam Haba (Sanhedrin 105a), he was a long-standing servant of the Navi Elisha. Since Elisha likely knew Geichazi's character flaws, why would the Navi keep ...
NJM's user avatar
  • 13.8k
3 votes
2 answers

Source for the miracle in the merit of oil

The haftarah for parshas Vayeira opens with the story in Melachim II chapter 4 of the widow of the prophet Ovadyah (as Rashi brings on 4:1) and the miracle Elisha performs for her. There is a famous ...
gt6989b's user avatar
  • 3,027
2 votes
0 answers

Why didn’t Elisha ask Naaman to release his Jewish slavegirl?

I’m looking at Melachim 2 chapter 5. Why didn’t Elisha ask Naaman to release his Jewish slavegirl?
AlHal's user avatar
  • 371
11 votes
1 answer

Why does the haftarah of Vayeira include the miracle of the oil?

The haftarah for Vayeira includes two stories about miracles performed by Elisha. The second one, concerning the Shunamite woman, seems clearly tied to the parsha: a woman is barren; she and her ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers

Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews?

A Christian source claims: I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the ...
user4951's user avatar
  • 4,343
1 vote
3 answers

What are the relevance of the first three posukim of the Haftorah for parshas Tazria to the Torah reading?

The Haftorah for parshas Tazria - Kings Ⅱ 4:42-5:19 - talks about how Na’aman, who was supra-naturally afflicted with a skin blemish, went to Elisha the prophet and was cured, and this ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer

Why did Eliyahu go to the outskirts of Bes El but right into Y'richo?

In Ⅱ M'lachim, chapter 2, Eliyahu is about to be carried off to heaven, and his student, Elisha, knows it. Verses 2–5, with emphasis supplied: וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלִיָּהוּ אֶל אֱלִישָׁע שֵׁב נָא פֹה כִּי ה׳ ...
msh210's user avatar
  • 73.7k
2 votes
1 answer

Elisha's Staff and Revival

When Elisha revives the son of the Shunamite woman, he first instructs his servant to place his staff on the boy's mouth. The next posuk says "...and there was no sound nor any attention; and [Gehazi] ...
Clint Eastwood's user avatar
7 votes
2 answers

Elisha, the children, and the bears: what is really going on here?

After Eliyahu goes up to heaven, Elisha solves a water problem in Jericho and then heads to Bethel. On the way, some young children accost him, he curses them in the name of God, and two she-bears ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
11 votes
2 answers

Why was Mesha king of Moav successful?

King Mesha of Moab fought against the kings of Yisrael, Yehuda and Edom (2 Melachim chapter 3). The navi Elisha prophecies, under oath, that the Jews will be successful. However at the end of the ...
not-allowed to change my name's user avatar
7 votes
1 answer

What is the significance of Eliyahu haNavi's travels prior to being taken up into heaven and Elisha haNavi's travels afterwards?

If I am reading and understanding the text correctly, in chapter 2 of II Melachim (2 Kings) Eliyahu (Elijah) and Elisha haNevi'im travel from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho to across the Jordan. After ...
Dan's user avatar
  • 893