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Malachi Perek 3 (2)
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Much of Sefer Neviim is not written in chronological order. For example; Sefer Melachim ends with the destruction of the first Beis Hamikdash by Nevuchudnetzar, but many of the Trei Asar (such as Hoshea and Amos) lived many years before this event, still during the time of the Beis Hamikdash. However, their Seforim are ordered […]
Malachi Perek 3 (1)
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There are many times ‘a change of status’ is effected in Jewish law. For example, selling an object effects a change of the status of that object – namely, who owns it – from the buyer to the seller. Similarly, when a man places a ring on a woman’s finger and declares that ‘You are […]
Tzefaniah 1
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In the great destruction threatened by Tzefania, the animals, birds, and fish are to be destroyed along with the people (1:3). Why did these innocent creatures deserve to be destroyed – what did they do wrong? Rashi (Bereishis 6:7) is faced with a similar problem regarding the destruction of the animals in the flood in […]
Chavakuk 1
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In the first perek of Chavakuk, we are told that though Nevuchadnetzar believed in Hashem, he made himself believe that he was a god. How could he be foolish enough to believe such a thing? The answer can be seen from with a similar predicament with regards to Pharoh – as we see in Yechezkel […]
Micha 6
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הִגִּיד לְךָ אָדָם, מַה-טּוֹב; וּמָה-ה דּוֹרֵשׁ מִמְּךָ, כִּי אִם-עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד, וְהַצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת, עִם-אֱלֹקיך – 6:8 “It has been told you, man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your G-d.” The Gemara in Makkos 24a relates the […]
Yonah 4 (2)
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In Yonah 4:10, Hashem tells Yonah ‘You took pity over the kikayon which you did not toil in or raise…’ Hashem seems to be conveying the well-known phenomenon that the more one invests toil into any given project, the more one becomes attached to it. Why is this so? In the opening paragraph of Chelek […]
Yonah 4 (1)
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Hashem punishes those who sin against him – מדה כנגד מדה – measure for measure. The Yalkut Shimoni explains that because Pharoh questioned Hashem’s existence saying: “ה’ אשר אשמע בקולו מי – Who is Hashem that I must listen to His voice?” Hashem punished him by drowning his army in the “ים”, which has the […]
Sefer Amos
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This prophecy is structured as a pattern where Hashem addresses nation by nation with the infamous rebuke of, “For the three sins of [name of nation] I can forgive but for the fourth sin I cannot forgive.”  The first six recitals of this reproach are only a prelude to the two main ones which come in chapter […]
Yoel 2:13
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וְקִרְעוּ לְבַבְכֶם וְאַל-בִּגְדֵיכֶם, וְשׁוּבוּ אֶל-ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם:  כִּי-חַנּוּן וְרַחוּם, הוּא–אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם וְרַב-חֶסֶד, וְנִחָם עַל-הָרָעָה “And tear your heart, and not your garments, and return to the Lord your God; for He is gracious and compassionate, patient, and abundant in mercy, and regrets evil” This passuk seems to be criticizing external actions and demanding people to be […]
Hoshea Perek 11
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Perek 11 of Hoshea begins with Hashem ‘reminiscing’ over the youthful existence of Bnei Yisrael as slaves in Egypt and His Father-son relationship with us: He saves us from trouble while also punishing us (if we sin), just as a father guides a child (even forcefully when necessary). The Radak points out that this relationship […]