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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 […]
More on Honor
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Shiur #89 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:35. Continuation of discussion of honor. The role of the righteous in justifying Creation. Various ways of granting honor to Torah, and thereby connecting to Hashem. Kavod HaTorah created by a layman entails ensuring that Yeshivahs and […]
Psalms 27:13
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David doesn’t really complete his thought. If he hadn’t believed that he would see G-d’s goodness, then what? Rashi fleshes it out for us. The previous verse discusses false witnesses who have it in for David. If not for his faith that he would get to see G-d’s promised goodness in the next world, his […]