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Yechezkel Perek 28-29
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In perek 28 and 29, Yechezkel admonishes the leaders of both Tzor and Egypt for being arrogant and haughty. This rebuke highlights the importance of humility. The Gemara[1] notes that since Moshe humbled himself before Hashem, the entire Torah was named after him; “Toras Moshe”. In addition, the Gemara in Chullin[2] lists leaders of Bnei […]
Yechezkel 18
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In this perek, we address the concept of zechus avos . At the start of Michtav M’Eliyahu, Rav Dessler questions the essence of zechus avos; does it not contradict the rule that Hashem will not reward (or punish) someone for the merits (or sins) of his ancestors? We are in this world to work on ourselves and achieve […]
Yechezkel Perek 8
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Perek 8 presents the climax of the nevuah and sheds light on the text of Yechezkel .We are told stories of the Beis Hamikdash as Yechezkel is taken by his hair and brought to the Beis Hamikdash in Heaven. The idea of a Beis Hamikdash in Heaven is explained by a number of different sources. The world that we see around us, including the physical world of […]
Introduction to Sefer Yechezkel
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Yechezkel the prophet Yechezkel began his ‘prophetic career’ just before the destruction of the first Beis Hamikdash. His contemporaries were Tzefaniah, Yirmiya, and Uriah. The Radak (1:3) cites that Yechezkel was actually Yirmiya’s son (with the name ‘son of Buzi’ merely conveying the fact that Yechezkel was disparaged by the people due to his descending […]
Yirmiya Perek 52
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The final perek of Yirmiya tells of the tragedies of the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash and our exile to Bavel. As the RiKara (52:12) points out, based on the pesukim and the Gemara, the main parts of the Beis Hamikdash were actually burned on the 10th Av. This explains the statement of Rav Yochanan that […]
Yirmiya Perek 41
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Perhaps the least understandable of all the fast days is Tzom Gedaliah. We fast in remembrance of Gedaliah who was killed during the times of the Churban Bayis Rishon. However, we do not fast for several other leaders or great people who were killed in cold blood. What do we fast for on Tzom Gedaliah? After Nevuchadnetzar invaded Eretz […]
Yirmiya Perakim 34-35
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Among the various themes in the poetic prophecies of Yirmiya, a particularly prevalent theme in Chapters 34—35 is the power of speech and the requirement to fulfill one’s promises. In Chapter 34, Yirmaya tells Bnei Yisrael that they will face the wrath of Hashem for one particular sin; the failure to maintain the vow that […]
Yirmiya Perek 31
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יד. כֹּה | אָמַר ה קוֹל בְּרָמָה נִשְׁמָע נְהִי בְּכִי תַמְרוּרִים רָחֵל מְבַכָּה עַל בָּנֶיהָ מֵאֲנָה לְהִנָּחֵם עַל בָּנֶיהָ כִּי אֵינֶנּוּ: “So said Hashem: A voice is heard on high, extremely bitter weeping; Rachel cries over her children, she refuses to be comforted over her children, for they are not there.” (Yirmiya 31:14) There are two celebrated […]
Yirmiya Perek 26
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Passuk 18 of perek 26 tells us that the Beis Hamikdash Mount will be ploughed over by its conquerors. Indeed, the Mishnah in Ta’anis tells us that one of the five reasons we fast on Tisha B’Av is because the Beis Hamikdash Mount was ploughed over (flattened). Why is this an independent reason to fast; […]
Yirmiya Perek 19
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In perek 19, we come across an oft-used phrase in Tanach. In passuk 4, we are being lambasted for our idol worship of ‘Other Hashems which you did not know about’ (‘asher lo yeda’um’). What does this phrase mean? And why is it worse that we are worshipping idols we are not familiar with; would […]