ו וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ אֵלִיָּהוּ שֵׁב־נָא פֹה כִּי יְהֹוָה שְׁלָחַנִי הַיַּרְדֵּנָה וַיֹּאמֶר חַי־יְהֹוָה וְחֵי־נַפְשְׁךָ אִם־אֶעֶזְבֶךָּ וַיֵּלְכוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם׃
ז וַחֲמִשִּׁים אִישׁ מִבְּנֵי הַנְּבִיאִים הָלְכוּ וַיַּעַמְדוּ מִנֶּגֶד מֵרָחוֹק וּשְׁנֵיהֶם עָמְדוּ עַל־הַיַּרְדֵּן׃
8 Thereupon Eliyahu took his mantle and, rolling it up, he struck the water; it divided to the right and left, so that the two of them crossed over on dry land.
ח וַיִּקַּח אֵלִיָּהוּ אֶת־אַדַּרְתּוֹ וַיִּגְלֹם וַיַּכֶּה אֶת־הַמַּיִם וַיֵּחָצוּ הֵנָּה וָהֵנָּה וַיַּעַבְרוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם בֶּחָרָבָה׃
10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” he said. “If you see me as I am being taken from you, this will be granted to you; if not, it will not.”
י וַיֹּאמֶר הִקְשִׁיתָ לִשְׁאוֹל אִם־תִּרְאֶה אֹתִי לֻקָּח מֵאִתָּךְ יְהִי־לְךָ כֵן וְאִם־אַיִן לֹא יִהְיֶה׃
11 As they kept on walking and talking, a fiery chariot with fiery horses suddenly appeared and separated one from the other; and Eliyahu went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
vai-HEE HAY-mah ho-l’-KHEEM ha-LOKH v’-da-BAYR v’-hi-NAY re-khev AYSH v’-SU-say AYSH va-yaf-RI-du BAYN sh’-nay-HEM va-YA-al AY-li-YA-hu bas-a-RAH ha-sha-MA-yim
2:11 Eliyahu went up to heaven in a whirlwind
In one of the Bible’s most powerful images, Eliyahu the Prophet leaves this world and ascends to the heavens in a fiery chariot. The Sages teach (Bava Batra 121b) that Eliyahu did not die, but left this world while still alive. Because he remains alive, he maintains contact with the world below. He is therefore able to understand the needs of every generation. This constant connection is part of what makes him one of history’s most beloved prophets. Tradition teaches that when God decides it is time to reveal the Mashiach, Eliyahu will return to proclaim his arrival to the world. According to the prophet Malachi, after he returns “He shall reconcile parents with children and children with their parents” (3:24). Eliyahu will bring peace to the world, creating the right environment for the arrival of the Mashiach.Comment
יג וַיָּרֶם אֶת־אַדֶּרֶת אֵלִיָּהוּ אֲשֶׁר נָפְלָה מֵעָלָיו וַיָּשָׁב וַיַּעֲמֹד עַל־שְׂפַת הַיַּרְדֵּן׃
14 Taking the mantle which had dropped from Eliyahu, he struck the water and said, “Where is Hashem, the God of Eliyahu?” As he too struck the water, it parted to the right and to the left, and Elisha crossed over.
15 When the disciples of the Neviim at Yericho saw him from a distance, they exclaimed, “The spirit of Eliyahu has settled on Elisha!” And they went to meet him and bowed low before him to the ground.
16 They said to him, “Your servants have fifty able men with them. Let them go and look for your master; perhaps the spirit of Hashem has carried him off and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley.” “Do not send them,” he replied.
טז וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו הִנֵּה־נָא יֵשׁ־אֶת־עֲבָדֶיךָ חֲמִשִּׁים אֲנָשִׁים בְּנֵי־חַיִל יֵלְכוּ נָא וִיבַקְשׁוּ אֶת־אֲדֹנֶיךָ פֶּן־נְשָׂאוֹ רוּחַ יְהֹוָה וַיַּשְׁלִכֵהוּ בְּאַחַד הֶהָרִים אוֹ בְּאַחַת הגיאות [הַגֵּאָיוֹת] וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא תִשְׁלָחוּ׃
17 But they kept pressing him for a long time, until he said, “Send them.” So they sent out fifty men, who searched for three days but did not find him.
יז וַיִּפְצְרוּ־בוֹ עַד־בֹּשׁ וַיֹּאמֶר שְׁלָחוּ וַיִּשְׁלְחוּ חֲמִשִּׁים אִישׁ וַיְבַקְשׁוּ שְׁלֹשָׁה־יָמִים וְלֹא מְצָאֻהוּ׃
18 They came back to him while he was still in Yericho; and he said to them, “I told you not to go.”
יח וַיָּשֻׁבוּ אֵלָיו וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב בִּירִיחוֹ וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם הֲלוֹא־אָמַרְתִּי אֲלֵיכֶם אַל־תֵּלֵכוּ׃
19 The men of the town said to Elisha, “Look, the town is a pleasant place to live in, as my lord can see; but the water is bad and the land causes bereavement.”
20 He responded, “Bring me a new dish and put salt in it.” They brought it to him;
כ וַיֹּאמֶר קְחוּ־לִי צְלֹחִית חֲדָשָׁה וְשִׂימוּ שָׁם מֶלַח וַיִּקְחוּ אֵלָיו׃
21 he went to the spring and threw salt into it. And he said, “Thus said Hashem: I heal this water; no longer shall death and bereavement come from it!”
כא וַיֵּצֵא אֶל־מוֹצָא הַמַּיִם וַיַּשְׁלֶךְ־שָׁם מֶלַח וַיֹּאמֶר כֹּה־אָמַר יְהֹוָה רִפִּאתִי לַמַּיִם הָאֵלֶּה לֹא־יִהְיֶה מִשָּׁם עוֹד מָוֶת וּמְשַׁכָּלֶת׃
22 The water has remained wholesome to this day, in accordance with the word spoken by Elisha.
כב וַיֵּרָפוּ הַמַּיִם עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה כִּדְבַר אֱלִישָׁע אֲשֶׁר דִּבֵּר׃
23 From there he went up to Beit El. As he was going up the road, some little boys came out of the town and jeered at him, saying, “Go away, baldhead! Go away, baldhead!”
כג וַיַּעַל מִשָּׁם בֵּית־אֵל וְהוּא עֹלֶה בַדֶּרֶךְ וּנְעָרִים קְטַנִּים יָצְאוּ מִן־הָעִיר וַיִּתְקַלְּסוּ־בוֹ וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוֹ עֲלֵה קֵרֵחַ עֲלֵה קֵרֵחַ׃
24 He turned around and looked at them and cursed them in the name of Hashem. Thereupon, two she-bears came out of the woods and mangled forty-two of the children.
כד וַיִּפֶן אַחֲרָיו וַיִּרְאֵם וַיְקַלְלֵם בְּשֵׁם יְהֹוָה וַתֵּצֶאנָה שְׁתַּיִם דֻּבִּים מִן־הַיַּעַר וַתְּבַקַּעְנָה מֵהֶם אַרְבָּעִים וּשְׁנֵי יְלָדִים׃