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Numbers 19:2
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If the red heifer is flawless, don’t we know that it has no blemish? Rashi explains that “flawless” refers to the cow’s redness – even two black hairs would disqualify it. “Without blemish” refers to the usual defects that would disqualify a sanctified animal.
I Samuel 12:2
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The prophet Shmuel chastised the Jews for demanding a king in order to be like the other nations. The Metzudas David explains that before doing so, he pointed out (a) that he was already old and (b) that his own sons were with the people in their support of the king. Therefore, it should be […]
Joel 2:17
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This verse is referenced in the “long form” of Tachanun on Mondays and Thursdays. In it, the prophet Yoel asks G-d not to let the other nations “limshol” Israel. The Hebrew root MShL can mean two different things. Rashi says that here it means “mashal,” a story – “Please don’t let the nations turn us […]
Daniel 9:17
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This verse is part of the longer version of Tachanun recited on Mondays and Thursdays. The Talmud in Brachos (7b) explains that Daniel was only saved from the lions’ den because of the merit of Abraham. He did not ask G-d to act “for Your sake,” but “for my Master’s sake.” He was asking for […]
Malachi 3:4
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This verse is the last line of the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei. When were these “good old days?” The Metzudas David explains that “days of old” refers to the time of Moshe and “ancient years” refers to the reign of King Solomon. There were times when sacrifices were so happily accepted by Hashem that He […]
Numbers 16:30
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Rashi cites the Talmud in Sanhedrin 110a, that Moshe said, “If G-d created an opening into the earth during the six days of creation, good. If not, let Him create one now.” The Talmud continues beyond Rashi’s citation. Koheles 1:9 says that there’s nothing new under the sun, i.e., G-d doesn’t create new things! The […]
Joshua 2:1
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Joshua – who had a pretty bad experience as one of Moshe’s 12 spies, only sent two trusted men as spies, and he kept their mission a secret. Rashi employs given facts and basic math as follows: We are told that The Jews mourned 30 days for Moshe and that, after a three-day notice, the […]
Psalms 20:2
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Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name. This is the verse for the name “Yaakov.” Rashi explains that G-d promised to protect Jacob when he went to go live with Laban. Therefore, […]
Psalms 107:14
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Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name. This is the verse for the name “Yitzchak.” This verse refers back to verse 10. There, the Metzudas David explains that “the shadow of death” […]
Nehemiah 9:7
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Many have the practice to recite, in the prayer following Shemoneh Esrei, a verse that starts and ends with the same letter as their name, or that contains their name. This is the verse for the name “Avraham.” The Talmud explains that Avraham’s original name meant that he was to be “av aram” – the […]