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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 […]
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 […]