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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.

Numbers 10:36

July 8, 2014, by

This verse is recited as the Torah is replaced in the ark. The Talmud in Yevamos (64a) derives from this verse that it takes 22,000 Jews for G-d’s Presence to rest on Israel. “Revavos” (myriads) is 2 x 10,000, and “alfei” (thousands) is 2 x 1,000.

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Psalms 24:7

July 8, 2014, by

Psalm 24 is recited in its entirety when returning the Torah to the ark (except on Shabbos mornings). The Talmud (Shabbos 30a) Midrashically relates this verse and the next to a story involving King Solomon. At the inauguration of the Temple, the gates refused to open. Solomon cried out with this verse: open up so […]

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Psalms 148:13

July 8, 2014, by

This verse is recited by the shaliach tzibbur when he receives the Torah to return it to the ark. The Sforno explains that G-d is unique because He alone has no end. He is exalted because He remembers all of His creations.

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Numbers 36:11

July 8, 2014, by

The order of Tzelophchad’s daughters is given differently here than it is elsewhere. Rashi cites the Talmud (Baba Basra 120a) that they are normally listed according to their wisdom. Here, it lists them by age because it discusses their marriages and they married in order from oldest to youngest.

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1,024. Whom a Kohein May Not Marry

July 7, 2014, by

145:11 One may not remain with his wife even for an hour without a kesubah (marriage contract). If she loses her kesubah, he must go immediately to the beis din to have another written for her. 145:12 A kohein is not permitted to marry a divorcee, a “zonah*,” a “chalalah,” or a woman who has […]

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1,023. A Wife’s Honor

July 7, 2014, by

145:9 It’s a mitzvah to marry the daughter of one’s sister or brother. When it comes to other relatives – whether they are related to him, or to his wife who died or whom he divorced, or to a woman with whom he performed chalitzah – in all of these cases one may not marry […]

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1,022. Marrying for Money

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145:7 It is permitted for a man to marry a respectable woman even if he’s doing so for money, provided that the money is being given to him voluntarily. However, if he refrains from marrying until he finds a woman with an amount of money he wants, or if he gets engaged based on the […]

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1,021. Is a Woman Obligated to Marry?

July 7, 2014, by

145:5 A woman is not obligated to have children. Nevertheless, it would still be appropriate for her to get married. 145:6 Every Jewish man should try to marry a proper woman from a respectable family. A Jew should have three characteristics: humility, mercy and kindliness. One who does not have these traits isn’t worth marrying.

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1,020. Remarrying

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145:3 Even if one has fulfilled his obligation to procreate, he is not permitted to remain without a wife. He should marry a woman who already has children if he can but if he knows that he can no longer father children, it’s better for him to marry a woman without children. Similarly, if he […]

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1,019. The Obligation to Marry and Have Children

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145:1 A man is obligated to get married in order to fulfill the mitzvah to have children. A man becomes obligated in this mitzvah at the age of 18. He should not pass his 20th year without a wife unless he occupies himself diligently with Torah study and is concerned that if he marries, it […]

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