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Deuteronomy 4:39
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This verse is recited as part of the prayer Aleinu. In his Aramaic translation, Onkelos paraphrases this verse to avoid potential misconceptions on the part of the reader. Rather than saying that G-d is “in Heaven above and on the Earth below” – which could lead one to think that G-d physically occupies those places, […]
Isaiah 51:13
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This verse is referenced in the prayer Aleinu. The Mahari Kara points out an interesting fact about these oppressors. They prepare to destroy but, ultimately, they are only planning their own destruction. He give the example of Haman, who cast lots to determine the auspicious day to destroy the Jewish. The Jews were terrified but […]
Isaiah 45:20
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This verse was originally referenced in the prayer Aleinu, though it was later removed from many versions of the prayer. The Radak explains what it is the idolaters don’t know: they have no reason to think that a lump of carved wood could be a god. Nevertheless, they carry it around and pray to it. […]
Deuteronomy 28:9
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“Walk in His ways” is the mitzvah to emulate G-d. As the Sifre puts it, “as He is compassionate, so should you be compassionate….” But, the Sefer HaChinuch (Mitzvah 611) asks, what about G-d’s “negative” traits? Should we be wrathful, jealous, etc.? “Not so fast!” the Chinuch replies. G-d doesn’t actually have any negative characteristics. […]
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 […]
True Honor
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Shiur #88 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:35. Insights into the honor due one’s Torah teacher. Insights into various forms of honor. Deserved honor versus honor bestowed for invalid reasons. Discussion of the circumstances surrounding the appearance of Yisro. Citations: The following sources are […]
I Kings 8:45
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Kaddish Shalem (whole Kaddish) is recited between Ashrei-U’va l’Tziyon and Aleinu. The words unique to this form of Kaddish, “tiskabeil tzlos’hon u’va’us’hon” – “accept their prayer and their supplication” – are an Aramaic paraphrase based on this verse (as well as from Onkelos’ translation of Genesis 48:22). Rashi and Radak both explain the third part […]
Isaiah 54:1
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The Radak (and others) explain that the woman in this verse is a metaphor for Jerusalem. Jerusalem had been desolate for many years but its destiny is once again to be a populous, bustling city.