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People See What They Want to See (Avot 3:3)
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Abarbanel: This Mishna is a continuation of the previous two mishnayot (how to avoid sin). R’ Chananya says intellectual arguments (3:1) and fear of government (3:2) won’t work. The way to avoid sin is by engaging in Torah. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, June 4th, 2018 (21 Sivan 5778)
The Meaning of Ahava and Sinah (Avot 3:2)
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One is required to take a risk and to violate Shabbat to save a Jewish life unless the risk is too great. The Torah commands us to recognize commonalities that exists by nature and enhance them. For example, there is a natural connection with God, therefore we are commanded to enhance that relationship by loving […]
Pray for the Welfare of the Government (Avot 3:2)
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Delivered at the OU Israel Center, February 26th, 2018. Abarbanel asks: The mishna says that we should pray for the welfare of the government but then says that were it not for the fear of the government people would swallow each other alive – why don’t we pray for fear of the government then? What […]