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Jaymi Victor from Italy wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

Hello! I have a question for you. The quote that I have incorporated into my signature line [text added to the end of an e-mail message - Ed.] is a quote that I have seen in a couple of different places, but I have never seen a reference back to the original source. What is the source in the Talmud or Midrash? Thanks in advance.


Every blade of grass has an angel bending over it saying, "Grow, grow."

Jaymi Victor [email protected]

Nebraska City, NE


Dear Jaymi Victor,

"Said Rabbi Simon: 'Every single blade of grass has a corresponding 'mazal' in the sky which hits it and tells it to grow." This statement is found in the Midrash Rabba, Bereshit 10:6.

I heard from Rabbi Moshe Shapiro, shlita, that from this Midrash we see that some things need a 'hit' in order to grow.

There's story told about Rabbi Avraham Kook, zatzal and Rabbi Aryeh Levine, zatzal. They used to study the Torah together and often they would study outside. On one occasion Rabbi Levine plucked a flower from a tree. Rabbi Kook was upset and told him that in all his days he had never plucked so much as a leaf from a tree, based on the above mentioned Midrash.

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