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Dear is Man…
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In Pirkei Avos the Mishna tells us that Rabbi Akiva used to say “dear is man for he was created in the image (on a metaphysical level) of Hashem… dear is an Israelite for he is called a son of Hashem…” Like many of Chazal’s sayings, this statement of Rabbi Akiva can be understood on […]
28. Exaggeration and Figurative Language
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By this point, it should not surprise us that the Bible utilizes both figurative speech and exaggeration to make vivid points. [II, 47] The Talmud (Chulin 90b) tells us explicitly that this is the case and it provides us with two examples, one from the Torah and one from the Writings. Deuteronomy 1:28 describes the […]
Rav Aharon Lichtenstein ztz”l: Four Vignettes
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Lessons from a Giant He was considered to be one of the greatest rabbis of this generation. His complete mastery of the entire gamut of Torah and Talmud reflected a level of proficiency that is possessed by only a few in this generation. His PhD from Harvard in English literature was a testament to his […]