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Psalms 104:1
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Before putting on the tallis, we recite this verse, which describes G-d as being cloaked in glory and majesty. This, the ibn Ezra tells us, is like a garment to a person. We don’t actually see another person’s body, so much as we see his outfit. Similarly, the glory and majesty of G-d are what […]
Psalms 111:10
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Upon arising, one recites Modeh Ani, followed by this verse, Reishis Chachma. The Metzudas David explains that when one starts to study wisdom, he should do so based upon a foundation of proper awe of G-d. Good sense will enlighten one who does so and he will end up being praised for his enduring wisdom. […]
Genesis 12:2
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How would Avraham’s name be made great? Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik explained that Yitzchak and Yaakov would build upon the religious methodologies pioneered by Avraham. This is comparable to the way the Tosafists said that their renowned work in Torah study could never have existed without the foundation laid for them by Rashi. (Cited in […]
Psalms 29:10
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In this Psalm, David speaks of things being as they were at the time of the deluge in Noah’s day. At that time, it was clear that G-d alone ruled. Since everything was washed away, it was apparent that G-d was in sole control.
I Chronicles 1:4
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The purpose of this genealogy is to trace the lineage from Adam to David. Therefore you might think that we should immediately follow the line from Shem to Avraham. Instead, we are first given genealogies for the families of Yefes (verses 5-7) and Cham (verses 8-15). It is the style of the book of Chronicles, […]
Ezekiel 14:14
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Why does the Navi use Noah, Daniel and Job of all people as his examples? Rashi explain that each of these men saw destruction followed by rejuvenation. Noah saw the world flooded and rebuilt. Daniel lost his lofty office and was thrown into a pit of lions, only to be restored to his former exalted […]
Isaiah 54:9
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What, exactly, is “like the water of Noah?” The Metzudas David explains that G-d is saying here that His wrath is like the flood that He brought in the days of Noah. Just as He promised mankind never to do that again, here He promises to likewise withhold His anger from us.
Genesis 6:17
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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik points out a significant difference between Noach (Noah) and Moshe (Moses). When told that G-d would wipe out the Jews and make a nation of his descendants, Moshe objected and G-d agreed to grant Moshe’s request (Exodus chapter 32). Noah, on the other hand, followed G-d’s instructions to build the ark […]
I Kings 8:2
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The Radak explains that this was before the holiday of Succos. They actually gathered seven days before Succos and were there for a total of two weeks as we see later, in verse 65 – one week to set up the Temple for the holiday and a second week to celebrate it. (Don’t be confused […]
Zechariah 14:17
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This continues from the preceding verse, talking about the holiday of Succos. The second mishna in Rosh Hashana (1:2) tells us that on the world’s water is judged on Succos. (A full discussion of the matter ensues in the Talmud in Rosh Hashana 16a.) One of the sources for this information is our verse in […]