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.
152:3 One woman may be alone with two reputable men but only in the city and during the day. In the fields or at night – even in a city – she would need three reputable men. If they are disreputable, she should never be alone with them, not even if there is a group […]
152:1 A man is not permitted to be alone with a woman, whether she is young or old, Jewish or non-Jewish, related to him or not. The exceptions to this are that a father may be alone with his daughter, a mother with her son, and a husband with his wife even when she is […]
The Radak explains the references to G-d as Creator. Had the Jews remembered Him as the Maker of both mankind and the universe, they would have realized that He has more than sufficient power to overcome any mortal foe.
This verse, recited as part of U’va l’Tziyon, contains the word “Selah.” This meaning of this word – which only occurs in the book of Psalms – is the subject of some discussion. The Talmud (Eiruvin 54a) includes it in a list of words that mean “forever” or “never-ending.” Other words that carry this meaning […]
Where did G-d promise that? Rashi says at the Akeidah (the binding of Isaac). There, the Torah recounts, “…’I swear by Myself,’ says Hashem, ‘because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son’…” (Genesis 22:16). This verse is recited as part of U’va l’Tziyon.
This verse is recited as part of U’va l’Tziyon. At first glance, it appears that G-d is “good, forgiving, and full of mercy” to all those who call upon Him but, actually, those are three separate things. The ibn Ezra clarifies that G-d is (a) “good” – to those who are good, (b) “forgiving” – […]
This verse recounts the obligation of a Jewish king to write a Torah scroll. The Talmud (Sanhedrin 21b) explains that the king actually wrote two copies of the Torah – one was placed in his treasury and the other remained with him at all times.
משנה ד אלו מביאות ואינו נאכל המפלת ואין ידוע מה הפילה וכן שתי נשים שהפילו אחת ממין פטור ואחת ממין חובה אמר רבי יוסי אימתי בזמן שהלכו זו למזרח וזו ולמערב אבל אם היו שתיהן עומדות כאחת מביאות קרבן ונאכל ר’ עובדיה מברטנורא ואין ידוע מה הפילה אם צורת אדם וחייבת, אם דגים וחגבים ופטורה. […]
משנה ב על אלו חייבים על זדונם כרת ועל שגגתם חטאת ועל לא הודע שלהן אשם תלוי חוץ מן המטמא מקדש וקדשיו מפני שהוא בעולה ויורד דברי רבי מאיר וחכמים אומרים אף המגדף שנאמר תורה אחת יהיה לכם לעושה בשגגה יצא מגדף שאינו עושה מעשה ר’ עובדיה מברטנורא ועל שגגתן חטאת שגגה שחייבים עליה חטאת […]
151:6 if a person wants to keep himself from this sin, he should guard his mouth from vulgar speech, lies, slander, gossip and foolishness. Similarly, he should keep his ears from hearing such things. One should also be careful to fulfill his oaths and not to worry too much. One should also be careful not […]