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Goblets of Gratitude
Rashi gives examples of four
types of people that bring a Korban Todah, thanksgiving Korban—יורדי הים, seafarers, הולכי מדברות, those who travel deserts, those released
from prison and a sick person that was healed.
The Shulchan Aruch
tells us a hint to these four in the Bracha of thanks in Shemoneh Esrei, Modim,
in וכל החיים יודך סלה, all those living will thank you. חיים is an acronym חולה יסורים ים מדבר.
The four cups of Pesach are
about thanking Hashem and as it says כוס
The four cups correspond to these four people. The יורדי הים to Krias Yam Suf, הולכי
the 40 years in the desert. The sick person refers to the work in Mitzrayim
(and by Matan Torah they were healed from all sickness). Those released from
prison refer to the Jews in Mitzrayim as Rashi in Beshalach tells us that no
one ever escaped from Mitzrayim.
Additionally, the word כוס is 86 in Gematria, the same as אלה-ים since these four are the idea of thanking Hashem.
Is it any wonder that Tzav—which contains the Korban Todah—usually comes out
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Rashi 7:12. See Brachos 54b
and Tehillim 107. These people recite Birchas Hagomel.
Another version of this is
that it is the initials of חבוש, יסורים, ים, מדבר.
See Maharsha in Brachos 54b,
אלה-ים is the attribute of Din
and these four that thank Hashem are saved from Midas HaDin.
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