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Rabbi Elli Fischer

Rabbi Elli Fischer

Rabbi Elli Fischer, formerly the OU/ JLIC educator at the University of Maryland, is an independent translator, editor and writer. He lives in Modiin, Israel, with his wife and three children.

Nehemiah – Chapter 3

September 20, 2013, by

This chapter is 38 verses long, the first 32 of which list the people who led the groups that worked on the reconstruction of the city wall. The workers came from all strata of society, from Levites and priests (including Elyashiv the High Priest) to the families of regional governors, and from perfumers and metal […]

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Nehemiah – Chapter 2

September 19, 2013, by

A few months later, in the month of Nisan, Nehemiah was bringing wine to Darius, who noticed that his valet was looking uncharacteristically somber. This aroused the king’s curiosity. He said, “What’s wrong with you? You’re not ill. Perhaps you look so grim because you’ve poisoned my wine.” This accusation concerned the heck out of […]

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Nehemiah – Chapter 1

September 18, 2013, by

This Book occurs in the 20th year of the reign of Darius, 14 years after the second Temple was completed. It was the month of Kislev and Nehemiah (Nechemya in Hebrew) was in the capital city of Shushan. A man named Chanani arrived from Jerusalem with troubling news: the Jews were suffering attacks because the […]

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Ezra – Chapter 10

September 17, 2013, by

Ezra prayed and confessed the people’s sin, crying and lying on the ground in front of the Temple. A large crowd gathered around him – men, women and children – and they were likewise moved to tears. A man named Shechaniah cried out, “We have sinned against G-d by marrying non-Jewish women!” (The Talmud in […]

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Ezra – Chapter 9

September 16, 2013, by

After taking care of the matters described at the end of the previous chapter, the leaders of the people approached Ezra and said that there was a rampant assimilation problem. Not only were the people copying the ways of the Canaanite nations, the Egyptians, and others, they were also permitting their sons to intermarry with […]

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Ezra – Chapter 8

September 15, 2013, by

Now, Ezra, speaking autobiographically, lists the heads of the families that accompanied him to Jerusalem. This list goes from verse 2 until verse 14 and it goes something like this: “From the sons of Elam, Yeshaya the son of Atalya, and 70 other males with him.” So, you can read the text in the original […]

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Ezra – Chapter 7

September 14, 2013, by

After the Temple was rededicated, during the reign of Darius (referred to here by the title Artachshast), Ezra arrived from Babylonia. Ezra was a kohein (priest) who could trace his lineage all the way back to Pinchas, the son of Elazar, the son of Aaron, the first High Priest. Ezra was a tremendous Torah scholar […]

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Ezra – Chapter 6

September 13, 2013, by

Darius took the advice of the letter and called for the relevant documents. They were not “on file” in the capital city of Shushan, but they did find a copy in one of the “branch libraries” in Media. The scroll that was located detailed how Cyrus commanded the Temple be rebuilt so that sacrifices might […]

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Ezra – Chapter 5

September 12, 2013, by

Fast forward to the reign of Darius, as mentioned at the end of the previous chapter. The prophets at the time were Zechariah and Chagai. They received word from G-d that construction should continue, even without the support of the king. (See the first chapter of Chagai’s Book, which is called Haggai in English.) When […]

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Ezra – Chapter 4

September 11, 2013, by

Opposition to rebuilding the Temple arose from the Samaritans, who had been relocated to Israel by the Assyrian king Sennacherib in II Kings 17. They approached Zerubavel and the other leaders and asked for permission to join the construction. (This was subterfuge. Their plan was to infiltrate and sabotage the project.) The Samaritans were insincere […]

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