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Tzarich Iyun: Rashi’s Father
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Misconception:Rebbi Yitzchak, whom Rashi—the commentator par excellence—cites in his commentary on the first verse of the Bible, is Rashi’s father. Fact: Rashi’s father, Yitzchak, and the “Rebbi Yitzchak” whom Rashi cites are different people. Background: The name “Rashi” is an acronym for Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, i.e. Rabbi Shlomo, the son of Reb Yitzchak.[1] But the […]
Tzarich Iyun: The Translation of “Yam Suf”
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Misconception:Upon leaving Egypt, the Jews crossed the Yam Suf, which is translated as the Red Sea. This translation, however, is an error. Red Sea is a corruption of the correct Old English (OE) translation, Reed (Rede) Sea. (Rede is a legitimate spelling of reed in OE.) Fact: The notion that the Yam Suf is the […]
Understanding Judaism – Volume 4
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UNDERSTANDING JUDAISM: A six-part series for individual and group Torah study Sponsored by the Orthodox Union, this unique collection of six lectures forms a complete foundation for the introduction to Judaism together with the workbook by Rabbi Eliezer Gevirtz. Rabbi Blech’s comprehensive view of Judaism will be available to all, from beginner to advanced student, […]
Understanding Judaism – Volume 2
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UNDERSTANDING JUDAISM: A six-part series for individual and group Torah study Sponsored by the Orthodox Union, this unique collection of six lectures forms a complete foundation for the introduction to Judaism together with the workbook by Rabbi Eliezer Gevirtz. Rabbi Blech’s comprehensive view of Judaism will be available to all, from beginner to advanced student, […]
Understanding Judaism – Volume 3
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UNDERSTANDING JUDAISM: A six-part series for individual and group Torah study Sponsored by the Orthodox Union, this unique collection of six lectures forms a complete foundation for the introduction to Judaism together with the workbook by Rabbi Eliezer Gevirtz. Rabbi Blech’s comprehensive view of Judaism will be available to all, from beginner to advanced student, […]
Understanding Judaism – Volume 1
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UNDERSTANDING JUDAISM: A six-part series for individual and group Torah study Sponsored by the Orthodox Union, this unique collection of six lectures forms a complete foundation for the introduction to Judaism together with the workbook by Rabbi Eliezer Gevirtz. Rabbi Blech’s comprehensive view of Judaism will be available to all, from beginner to advanced student, […]
Tzarich Iyun: The Meaning of “Pesach”
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Misconception:The only meaning of “Pesach,” the Hebrew name for the holiday of Passover, is “to pass over.” Fact: While that is a correct translation, an equally valid, and possibly older, translation is “to have compassion for.”[1] Background: The name of the spring holiday, and its associated temple animal offering, is based on a description first […]
Tzarich Iyun: Using Horseradish for Maror
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Misconception:Horseradish (chrain) is the preferred item to use to fulfill the mitzvah of eating maror at the Seder. Fact: Among Ashkenazim, horseradish is widely used for maror. While horseradish often appears as the translation for tamcha, one of the vegetables listed in the Mishnah that may be used for maror, the translation is probably inaccurate.[1] […]