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1. Getting Up in the Morning
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1:1 Psalm 16 says ”I set the Lord before me always” (verse 8), which is a crucial mindset for anyone who endeavors to live a Torah lifestyle. The way we carry ourselves in public is not the defining characteristic of a person; what shows who really are is the way we conduct ourselves when we’re […]
Melacha #36 – Mavir (Igniting)
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Fire was needed in building the Mishkan for heating the vats in which the dyes were made and for smelting the metal needed for the various utensils. Unlike most melachos, mavir is explicitly stated in the Torah (“You shall not light a fire in any of your dwelling places on the day of Shabbos,” Exodus […]
HaShoneh Halachos
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In a Talmudic dictum, which is recited as part of the Sabbath service, we say that anyone who studies Jewish law daily can be confident that he has earned a place in the World to Come. (Of course, there is an assumption that one will do something with the knowledge he acquires through such study.) […]
Melacha #35 – Soseir (Demolishing)
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Since the Mishkan was portable, it was meant to be assembled and disassembled on an as-needed basis. Disassembling is the melacha of soseir, though the word more literally means “demolishing.” Soseir is the reciprocal melacha of boneh and, as we have stated, all of the “destructive” melachos were performed for a constructive purpose. (In this […]
Melacha #34 – Boneh (Building)
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As mentioned, the Mishkan was made up of a number of boards that were connected through a series of sockets and pins; the roof was made of hides that were spread on top. Assembling something (and/or making a shelter) is building, the melacha of boneh. While the av melacha (primary labor) involves both assembling separate […]
Melacha #33 – Mocheik (Erasing)
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Remember those symbols that had to be written on the boards of the Mishkan so that they could be assembled in the proper order? (See the previous melacha, koseiv.) Well, sometimes a mistake would be made. When that happened, the error needed to be erased so that the correct symbols could be inscribed. This erasing […]