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Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz is Torah Content Editor at the Orthodox Union. He is the author of five books, including The Tzniyus Book. His latest work, The Taryag Companion, is available from OU Press as well as on Amazon.

Daniel 9:17

June 12, 2014, by

This verse is part of the longer version of Tachanun recited on Mondays and Thursdays. The Talmud in Brachos (7b) explains that Daniel was only saved from the lions’ den because of the merit of Abraham. He did not ask G-d to act “for Your sake,” but “for my Master’s sake.” He was asking for […]

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Malachi 3:4

June 12, 2014, by

This verse is the last line of the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei. When were these “good old days?” The Metzudas David explains that “days of old” refers to the time of Moshe and “ancient years” refers to the reign of King Solomon. There were times when sacrifices were so happily accepted by Hashem that He […]

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Numbers 16:30

June 12, 2014, by

Rashi cites the Talmud in Sanhedrin 110a, that Moshe said, “If G-d created an opening into the earth during the six days of creation, good. If not, let Him create one now.” The Talmud continues beyond Rashi’s citation. Koheles 1:9 says that there’s nothing new under the sun, i.e., G-d doesn’t create new things! The […]

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997. Purim Morning

June 10, 2014, by

141:21 If a person’s close relative died on the fast of Esther, he would be an onen on Purim night before the burial. He should hear the Megillah read by another, and he should not eat meat or drink wine because one is not obligated in the Purim meal at night. On Purim day, after […]

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996. Mourning on Purim

June 10, 2014, by

141:19 If a congregation does not have a Megillah that is completely kosher, but it is written according to halacha and is only missing some words in the middle, since there is no one topic missing in its entirety, one may read from it with the brachos. The reader then inserts the missing words from […]

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995. Handling the Megillah on Shabbos

June 10, 2014, by

141:17 On a Shabbos that is not Purim, we are permitted to handle a Megillah. However, if Purim falls on Sunday, we may not bring the Megillah to shul on Shabbos, even in a city with an eiruv, because this is constitutes preparing on Shabbos for a weekday. 141:18 If a congregation does not have […]

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994. Reading the Megillah from a Book

June 10, 2014, by

141:15 If a person has a non-kosher Megillah or the text of the Megillah in a printed book, he should not read aloud along with the reader because he will not be able to concentrate on hearing the words. Even if he is able to concentrate, there may be another person who hears what he […]

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Bechoros 2:7-8

June 9, 2014, by

משנה ז שתי רחלות שלא בכרו וילדו שני זכרים נותן שניהם לכהן זכר ונקבה הזכר לכהן שני זכרים ונקבה אחד לו ואחד לכהן רבי טרפון אומר הכהן בורר לו את היפה רבי עקיבא אומר משמנים ביניהן והשני ירעה עד שיסתאב וחייב במתנות רבי יוסי פוטר מת אחד מהן רבי טרפון אומר יחלוקו רבי עקיבא אומר […]

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Bechoros 2:3-4

June 9, 2014, by

  משנה ג כל שקדם הקדשן את מומן או מום עובר להקדישן ולאחר מכאן נולד להם מום קבוע ונפדו פטורין מן הבכורה ומן המתנות ואינן יוצאין לחולין ליגזז ולהעבד וולדן וחלבן אסור לאחר פדיונן והשוחטן בחוץ חייב ועושין תמורה ואם מתו יקברו ר’ עובדיה מברטנורא None   ——————————— משנה ד המקבל צאן ברזל מן הנכרי ולדות […]

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3. Does God Have Attributes?

June 8, 2014, by

The articles in this series are based upon ideas expressed in the Rambam’s Moreh Nevuchim (The Guide for the Perplexed). Numbers in brackets represent the book and chapter of Moreh Nevuchim where these ideas are discussed. We are all familiar with the thirteen “attributes” of God, as found in Exodus 34:6-7. According to our usual […]

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