6:1 Too cramped for us
Elisha’s disciples complain that their living quarters are too cramped, tzar (צר). In Hebrew, tzar means ’narrow,’ and is often used metaphorically to describe a place of trouble. For example, in Tehillim (118:5) King David proclaims that he is calling out to Hashem from a place of trouble and pain, “min hamaytzar” (מן המצר). In this verse, it can have both the literal and the metaphoric meanings, as there is insufficient space and also troubles from enemies. For both types of difficulty, divine assistance is needed.