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Psalms 94:1
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This is the Psalm of the Day for Wednesday, which is the fourth day of the week. The Talmud in Rosh Hashana (31a) explains the connection between this Psalm and Wednesday. This Psalm refers to Hashem as a “G-d of vengeance.” On the Wednesday of Creation, G-d created the sun and the moon. These were […]
Psalms 82:1
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This is the Psalm of the Day for Tuesday, the third day of the week. The Talmud (Rosh Hashana 31a) explains why this Psalm was assigned to this day. This Psalm says that G-d stands in His assembly. On the third day of Creation, G-d caused the land to appear, preparing the world for the […]
Psalms 48:2
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This is the Psalm of the Day for Monday. The Talmud (Rosh Hashana 31a) explains the reason each day was assigned a given Psalm. This verse was selected for Monday – the second day – because it says that G-d is great. On the second day of Creation, G-d separated the Heavens and the Earth, […]
Isaiah 60:1
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This haftarah has many positive prophecies: nations will go by your light, you will be radiant, caravans will come to you, etc. But who is the “you” being addressed? The Radak informs us that the prophecy is being addressed to Jerusalem.
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 […]