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Isaiah 42:21
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This verse is the last verse in the prayer U’va l’Tziyon. Is it also cited by the last mishna in tractate Makkos: “Rabbi Chananya ben Akashya said: The Holy One, blessed be He, wanted to give Israel merit so He gave them Torah and mitzvos in abundance, as is written: Hashem desires for His righteousness’ […]
Psalms 9:11
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The Metzudas David explains: People will recognize G-d and put their faith in Him specifically because they have seen that He does not forsake those who pursue Him. (This is the penultimate verse in the prayer U’va l’Tziyon.)
Isaiah 65:23
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This verse is paraphrased in the prayer U’va l’Tziyon, in the line that begins “Hu yiftach libeinu.” The Radak explains that ‘They will not…bring forth for terror” means that the children will not predecease their parents. “Their offspring will be with them” for the parents’ entire lifetimes.
Deuteronomy 21:12
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What does it mean “to make” the captive woman’s nails? The Talmud (Yevamos 48a) offers two opinions. Rabbi Eliezer says that is means to cut her nails. (His reason: it is the same as her hair, which she cuts.) Rabbi Akiva disagrees and says that it means to let her nails grow. (His reason: this […]
The Insidious Power of Ridicule
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Shiur #87 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: The danger of ridicule. Rebelliousness has no natural brake, and it therefore leads to rebellion against Hashem. Leitsanus is the starting point for spiritual decline. Cynicism and satire cause one to gradually lose one’s ability to relate to Hashem […]
Introduction to Sefer Yechezkel
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Yechezkel the prophet Yechezkel began his ‘prophetic career’ just before the destruction of the first Beis Hamikdash. His contemporaries were Tzefaniah, Yirmiya, and Uriah. The Radak (1:3) cites that Yechezkel was actually Yirmiya’s son (with the name ‘son of Buzi’ merely conveying the fact that Yechezkel was disparaged by the people due to his descending […]
Isaiah 51:13
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The Radak explains the references to G-d as Creator. Had the Jews remembered Him as the Maker of both mankind and the universe, they would have realized that He has more than sufficient power to overcome any mortal foe.
Psalms 46:8
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This verse, recited as part of U’va l’Tziyon, contains the word “Selah.” This meaning of this word – which only occurs in the book of Psalms – is the subject of some discussion. The Talmud (Eiruvin 54a) includes it in a list of words that mean “forever” or “never-ending.” Other words that carry this meaning […]
Micha 7:20
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Where did G-d promise that? Rashi says at the Akeidah (the binding of Isaac). There, the Torah recounts, “…’I swear by Myself,’ says Hashem, ‘because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son’…” (Genesis 22:16). This verse is recited as part of U’va l’Tziyon.
Psalms 86:5
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This verse is recited as part of U’va l’Tziyon. At first glance, it appears that G-d is “good, forgiving, and full of mercy” to all those who call upon Him but, actually, those are three separate things. The ibn Ezra clarifies that G-d is (a) “good” – to those who are good, (b) “forgiving” – […]