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Rabbi Allen Schwartz

Rabbi Allen Schwartz

Malachi – Chapter 3

December 7, 2012, by

G-d says that He sends His messenger (an angel? Malachi himself?) to clear the way before Him. G-d will come to the Temple and the angel to punish the wicked will arrive. Who will be able to stand before this angel, who will be like a fire that refines silver by removing the defects? The […]

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Malachi – Chapter 2

December 6, 2012, by

Through Malachi, G-d charges the kohanim (priests) with accepting unfit sacrifices. If they do not listen, He will curse what otherwise would be blessed. In fact, He has already begun to do so! G-d will stop the grain from growing and G-d will toss the manure of their sacrifices in their faces. G-d reminds the […]

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Malachi – Chapter 1

December 5, 2012, by

This is the “burden” (i.e., the difficult prophecy) that G-d gave to Israel through the prophet Malachi. (Some say Malachi was in fact Ezra. The name Malachi means “my messenger.” Malachi and Ezra lived at the same time and addressed many of the same issues.) G-d says that He loves Israel. If they should question […]

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Zechariah – Chapter 14

November 10, 2008, by

A day beloved to G-d is coming and the people will all share the wealth they acquired from their conquered attackers. G-d will inspire the nations to attack Jerusalem. The city will be captured and half the people will be forced to evacuate. Then G-d will go to war against the invaders like He did […]

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Zechariah – Chapter 13

November 7, 2008, by

In the future, a spring will flow in Jerusalem, so that the residents will not have to leave the city to immerse for matters of ritual purity. When that happens, G-d will have eradicated idolatry so thoroughly that people will not even speak the names of false “gods.” G-d will remove false prophets and even […]

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Zechariah – Chapter 12

November 7, 2008, by

G-d finished His words to Zechariah about the fate of Israel. Thus says G-d (Who created the universe and mankind): I am mixing for Jerusalem a cup that will weaken those who attack them. Jerusalem will become a burden – it’s simply too much trouble to attack them, so they’ll be left alone. Those who […]

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Zechariah – Chapter 11

November 7, 2008, by

Zechariah tells the nations to open their gates and fire will consume their kings. (Lebanon is used as the example of these nations and the kings are compared to Lebanon’s renowned cedar trees.) The cypress (the officers) and the oak (the servants) will cry that the cedar (their king) has fallen. Listen to the mourning […]

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Zechariah – Chapter 10

November 7, 2008, by

Zechariah says that if we ask G-d for rain, even at the end of the season, He will grant it. Furthermore, each person will receive the kind of rain he personally requires for his crops. The false prophets and astrologers spoke falsely and misled the people, who were led into exile like a flock without […]

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Zechariah – Chapter 9

November 6, 2008, by

G-d spoke to Zechariah regarding the lands of Chadrach, Damascus, Chamas, Tzor (Tyre) and Tzidon. (It would seem that in the future, these places would be within the borders of Israel, or perhaps suburbs of Jerusalem.) Tzor (Tyre) had previously built fortresses and gathered gold and silver but it didn’t help. G-d caused them to […]

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Zechariah – Chapter 8

November 4, 2008, by

Having described Israel’s rebellion and punishment in the previous chapter, G-d continues: I will avenge myself on the nations who unduly oppress Israel. I will return to Jerusalem, which will continue to be known as the city of truth and the Temple mount will again be known as the holy mountain. Old men and women […]

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