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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 […]
Introduction to the Trei Asar
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The Gemara Bava Basra 14b tells us that the recorded prophecies of twelve prophets were put together as one book to preserve them: the risk of seeing them lost if they were ‘cast’ as twelve small individual books was too great. They were bound together in one large scroll called the Trei Asar. The Trei […]
Yechezkel Perakim 39–48
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The sefer begins with a description of the Holy Throne of Hashem and the angels surrounding it. This description vividly portrays the distance between mankind and the ethereal word of the angels. Why are we unable to live a life of pure service to Hashem like angels? Why must we make mistakes in the maze of this physical world? The Navi is shown […]
Yechezkel 39
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After talking about our glorious redemption through a clear Divine battering of our enemies, the passuk (39:43) forecasts that ‘The other nations will realize that it was Bnei Yisrael’s sins that caused them to be exiled in the first place.’ Why should our redemption prove that galus was a result of our sins? The Metzudas […]
Perek 33
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In 33:12 Yechezkel states that a righteous person who discards his religious observance will not be rewarded for his mitzvos. Rashi, (3:20) explains that this concept refers to one who regretted his mitzvos. Additionally, Yechezkel adds that a wicked person who repents will be rewarded for his mitzvos. How does this apply to the concept […]