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Rabbi Eric Levy

Rabbi Eric Levy

Rabbi Eric Levy is the Director of Jewish Studies at the Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy in Atlanta, and also teaches at Yeshiva Atlana High School. Rabbi Levy earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Touro College and his masters degree in Biblical Studies from Yeshiva University. He has rabbinic ordination from both Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt and Rav Zalman Nehemia Goldberg. He spent four years at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) and he served in the Israeli Army Tank Corps. Rabbi Levy’s online classes, including Daf Yomi and Bible, can be heard at http://www.ericlevy.com/Recordings/Recordings.htm

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 3

August 7, 2013, by

Yes, The Byrds’ 1965 hit single “Turn! Turn! Turn!” gets almost all its lyrics (excepting the last line and the refrain of “Turn! Turn Turn!”) from the first eight verses of this chapter. The song credits should properly read, “Lyrics by King Solomon, Music by Pete Seeger.” There’s a time for everything: a time to […]

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Ecclesiastes – Chapter 2

August 6, 2013, by

Seeing that wisdom and knowledge led to pain, Solomon decided to try partying a little. After all, wine and parties are pleasant experiences! But he soon discovered that this, too, was pointless. Laughter is inevitably mixed with tears and what does joy actually accomplish? Solomon endeavored to experience the gamut: partying, wisdom and foolishness, but […]

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Ecclesiastes – Chapter 1

August 5, 2013, by

Solomon says that everything is fleeting and insubstantial (“vanity of vanities”). What profit does a person see from all his labors in this world? One generation passes and the next one comes; doesn’t the world keep on spinning? The sun rises and sets, the Earth completes its yearly circuit around the sun, and it returns […]

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Shoftim – Rishon

August 3, 2013, by

Moshe told the Jews to establish a legal system with judges and police in every Tribe. They are responsible to maintain a justice system without corruption. They may not show favoritism or accept bribes, as bribery warps the judgment of even the most honest individual. They must pursue perfect justice and truth so that they […]

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Shoftim – Sheini

August 3, 2013, by

After the land of Israel is settled, the Jews will eventually want a king. (We saw this come to pass in I Samuel chapter 8.) God will select this king (as He did Saul and, later, David). The king must be one of the Jews, not a foreigner. The king is bound by special rules. […]

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Shoftim – Shlishi

August 3, 2013, by

Since the Tribe of Levi has no portion of land in Israel – their portion being the service of God – the kohanim receive specific parts of certain sacrifices, plus the various gifts referred to as terumah. From cattle, sheep and goats, they get the right foreleg, the jaw and a specific stomach (the abomasum). […]

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Shoftim – R’vi’i

August 3, 2013, by

Kohanim and Leviim could live in any territory in Israel. They could come to Jerusalem to offer their own sacrifices, and they could do the appropriate service on their own behalf. If a kohein does this, he can eat the priestly portions along with the kohanim who are on duty that week. When the Jews […]

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Shoftim – Chamishi

August 3, 2013, by

The Canaanite nations were big into divination and sorcery, but God has given the Jews something much better: the ability to hear His words through a designated prophet. Moshe told the people that God would establish other prophets after him and they were to listen to those messengers. He reminded them how, collectively, they were […]

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Shoftim – Shishi

August 3, 2013, by

One may not move a boundary marker in an attempt to acquire someone else’s land. The same holds true for encroaching on someone’s livelihood by opening a competing business in a market that cannot bear both. Copyright infringement also violates this prohibition, called hasogas g’vul. (Yes, I’m speaking the guy who re-posted some of my […]

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Shoftim – Sh’vi’i

August 3, 2013, by

When the army approaches an enemy city, they were first to offer a peaceful solution. If the citizens of the city agreed to Israelite rule, that would be that. If they reject this offer, the alternative is to fight. God will hand the city to the Jews, but they are only to kill the men […]

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