Section: Tanach Category: Sefer Ezra
|Ezra Part 18: The Perilous Journey Ends Safely|
"And I called for a fast there, on the river Ahava, to fast before our G-d, to request from Him a safe journey for ourselves, and our babies, and all our possessions. For I had been ashamed to request from the king soldiers and horsemen to aid us from enemies along the way, because we had told the king that the hand of our G-d is on all those who seek Him for good, and His strength and anger are on all those who forsake Him.
"And we fasted and we requested Hashem on this, and He fulfilled our requests."
Rashi says that "He fulfilled our requests" means that they traveled to Yerushalayim peacefully. Other mefarshim say that they knew immediately that their requests were fulfilled, possibly through a nevuah to Ezra who may have been Malachi Hanavi. The Malbim says Ezra knew instinctively that his tefillos had been answered, similarly to Rav Chanina ben Dosa, who knew when his tefillos were answered by the ease by which he said them.
"And we traveled from the river Ahava on the twelfth of the first month to go towards Yerushalayim. And the hand of our G-d was on us, and He saved from the hands of enemies and bandits on the way. And we arrived in Yerushalayim, and stayed there for three days."
On the fourth day, the valuables that the travelers brought were weighed and given over to Meremos, the son of Uriah Hakohen, and their weight was recorded. The newcomers then brought korbanos to Hashem. These korbanos were not those listed by the Torah that were usually offered at the Beis Hamikdah, but were brought by an horaas shaah.