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Giving away the rewards for mitzvos. The Yissochor-Zevulun relationship
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Shiur #53 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Further discussion of giving away the rewards for one's mitzvos. Earning reward for the mitzvas chessed of supporting Torah learners, versus sharing or splitting reward for the actual learning, on account of supporting the learner. Insights into the mechanics of the Yissochor-Zevulun contract. Contrasting that relationship with selling a share in one's Olam HaBa, for material gain. Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Teshuvas Yabia Omer, 7th chelek, Yoreh De'ah siman 17, found in the source packets on pages 1-3, and Teshuvas Meishiv Davar, 3rd chelek, siman 14, found in the source packets on pages 3-4.
The greatness of Torah. Can you sell your reward for mitzvos?
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Shiur #52 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 3:13-15. Contrast of the value of received Torah knowledge, and of the increment one adds to that knowledge. The importance of yiras shomayim and anavah for learning. Can I give somebody the reward for my mitzvos - does it work? Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Kli Yakar (Breishis 24:22), found in the source packets on page 2, and Teshuvas Yabia Omer, 7th chelek, Yoreh De'ah siman 17, found in the source packets on pages 3-5.
On the scheduling of the tochachos in krias hatorah
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Shiur #51 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: The prohibition of interrupting the reading of the tochachos through making additional aliyahs within their reading. The scheduling of the tochachos in the yearly cycle of Yomim Tovim. Discussion of the meaning of Shema Yisrael. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: gemara Megilah 31b with Rashi and Tosfos, found on pages 1-3, and Turei Even Megilah 31b, found on pages 2-3, and Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 428:4 with Mishnah Berurah, found on pages 4-5.
I Kings – Chapter 10
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The Queen of Sheba heard about Solomon’s wisdom, so she came to Jerusalem to ask him riddles and see if he was as smart as his reputation. At least, most people say it was the Queen of Sheba; the Talmud (Baba Basra 15b) seems to translate malkas-sh’va as a delegation from the Kingdom of Sheba. […]
I Kings – Chapter 9
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After the Temple was completed, G-d appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had in Gibeon. G-d repeated his promise that if Solomon would serve Him as purely as David did, then his descendants would hold the throne securely, forever. But, if they turn away from G-d, He would make an example of them. […]
I Kings – Chapter 8
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Solomon gathered the various leaders of the country in Jerusalem, bringing the Ark from the Tent where David had kept it. The entire nation joined them; this was before the holiday of Succos and the people made the requisite pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Kohanim brought in the Ark and the Leviim (Levites) brought the Tabernacle […]
I Kings – Chapter 7
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To build his own palace, Solomon took 13 years. This is not to say that he spent almost twice as long on it than he did on the Temple, rather it is to show how much effort he put into completing the Temple as quickly as possible. He had a summer home called “The Forest […]
I Kings – Chapter 6
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480 years after the Jews left Egypt, the Temple was begun; this was in Solomon’s fourth year as king, in the month of Iyar. (The Navi calls it “Ziv” because the names by which we call the Hebrew months were not adopted until later.) The Temple was twice the length and breadth of the Tabernacle […]
I Kings – Chapter 4
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As the Navi did with David, we are now given a list of Solomon’s officers. These included Benayahu the general and Tzadok the Kohein Gadol, whom we already know. Evyasar, the previous Kohein Gadol, whom Solomon dismissed, continued as Deputy Kohein Gadol, filling in on an as-needed basis. Other officers included Jehoshaphat, Solomon’s personal secretary, […]