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This verse is likewise cited in Kibbutz Galuyos, the tenth bracha of Shemoneh Esrei, which addresses the ingathering of exiles. The Metzudas David explains the metaphor of raising a banner as follows: G-d will inspire the nations of the world to release their Jews from exile as if He waved a banner to signal such […]
The tenth bracha of Shemoneh Esrei, Kibbutz Galuyos (the ingathering of exiles), references this verse from Isaiah. The Radak explains the “great shofar” as a metaphor: the Jews will gather as if a great shofar sounded throughout the world, calling them back home.
The eighth bracha of Shemoneh Esrei, called Refuah (health), cites the words of the prophet Jeremiah, only changing the prophet’s singular pronouns to the plural. It’s clear enough what it means to be healed and to be saved but what does it mean that Hashem is Jeremiah’s praise – or ours, as we say in […]
A kohein may defile himself for an unmarried sister who is “near to him?” What does that mean – they talk on the phone a lot? The ibn Ezra explains that it refers to a whole sister – that is, one who shares both parents with the kohein – as opposed to a half-sister.
134:14 One may not carve the verse “in succos you shall dwell…” (Leviticus 23:42) or any other Biblical verse on a pumpkin or a similar item to decorate the succah because it will later come to be treated disgracefully. Also, it is prohibited to write Torah verses unnecessarily. 134:15 One may not eat bread after […]
134:12 We are forbidden to benefit from the wood of the succah – both of the walls and of the schach – until after Simchas Torah, because they were designated for fulfilling the mitzvah. (This refers to types of benefit that nullify its use and not to such benefits as leaning on it – Mishnah […]
134:10 A person should be careful not to cut the material for the schach himself; he should buy it. In an emergency, he may cut it himself after asking permission from the owner of the land. (If the public has permission to cut wood in the forest, there is no problem – Mishnah Brurah 637:11.) […]
134:8 If a succah is built with a roof that opens, it should be opened before placing the schach, then closed and re-opened. This does not affect the validity of the schach as it’s no different from spreading a covering over the succah and then removing it. One must make sure that the roof is […]
134:6 Sometimes a succah is built so that its boards project inside on its walls and the poles on which the schach rests is placed on these. This is okay so long as the board is not more than four cubits (about six feet) because we have a tradition received from Moses at Sinai that […]
134:4 We should be careful not to use anything that is susceptible to ritual impurity to support the schach, such as a ladder that has receptacles for the rungs, and tools like an axe or a rake. It is better not even to place such things on the schach to hold it down but if […]