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Tzarich Iyun: Schach
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Misconception:If stars are not visible through the schach (roof of the sukkah), the sukkah is invalid. Fact: According to many opinions, ab initio, one should be able to see starlight through the schach. However, even if one is unable to see stars, the sukkah is kosher according to most authorities. Background: : A sukkah has […]
19. Moshe’s Unique Level of Prophecy
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In the Mishneh Torah (Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah 7:6) and his commentary on the Mishnah (Sanhedrin chapter 10), the Rambam gives four ways in which the prophecy of Moshe is different from that of other prophets. He declines to revisit this topic in Moreh Nevuchim as too great a departure from his main subject since the […]
Do Unilateral Apologies Work?
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Many have the custom to offer unilateral forgiveness to those who may have hurt or offended them on Erev Yom Kippur. Some even offer such forgiveness every night when they say the Shema. While this practice is certainly helpful for the offended, does it really absolve the offender from asking for forgiveness? Take Ten to […]
Davening to and through Malachim
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In the Selichot alone (notably in מכניסי רחמים) we address the malachim (angels) 22 times. The Rambam vehemently opposes such a practice in his introduction to Perek Chelek. The Rambam understands that the essence of Avodah Zarah is praying to an intermediary. On the other hand, Rashi seems to indicate that we do pray to […]
Apology Not Accepted
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Before Yom Kippur we are supposed to seek forgiveness from others and to forgive those who apologize to us. Are there limits to who and when we must forgive? Take Ten to find out.
Akeidat Yitzchak in Chazal (Part 3)
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The reward Avraham received for passing the test of the Akeida. What did Hashem want? He wanted Avraham not to sacrifice Yitzchak but to be willing to sacrifice him. How does that relate to us? Watch part two here Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, September 13th, 2018 / 4 Tishrei […]