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Turn It and Turn It Again
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Ben Bag Bag would say: turn it and turn it again, for all is in it; see through it; grow old and worn in it; do not budge from it, for there is nothing that works better than it. – Avos 5, 22 While the actual words of the mishna are cryptic, it is clear […]
Tzarich Iyun: Tzadi
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Misconception: The eighteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (the one between pei and kuf ) is called tzaddik. Fact: The correct name is tzadi, with no “k” sound at the end. However, the use of tzaddik as a viable alternative has gained some acceptance. Background:The letter is referred to as tzadi in the Talmud. In […]
31. Further Elaboration of Ezekiel’s Vision
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In the first chapter of his book, the prophet Ezekiel describes a vision he had of angelic beings, Chayos (“living things”) and Ofanim (“wheels”). In the tenth chapter, he has another vision, which sheds further light on the things he perceived [III, 3]. In his second vision, Ezekiel replaces the word Chayos with K’ruvim, AKA […]
The “Torah Lifestyle”
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Avos (Kinyan Hatorah 4) 6, 4: Pirkei Avos has five perakim. In most printed editions there is a sixth perek that really consists of beraisos and is an appendage to Pirkei Avos. Various reasons are given as to why this perek of beraisos is annexed on to Pirkei Avos. It is included in the weekly […]
Tzarich Iyun: The Parah Adumah
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Misconception:The person who sprinkles the ashes of a parah adumah (“red heifer”) on a tamei (ritually impure) person becomes tamei himself. Fact: Most of the people involved in preparing the ashes become tamei, but the one who sprinkles the water with the ashes does not. Background: Among the various types of tumah (ritual impurities) enumerated […]
Know What to Answer
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“Rabbi Elazar says: Be diligent (and/or persistent) in the study of Torah. Know what to answer a heretic. And know before whom you toil, and who is your employer – for he will compensate you the reward of your labors.” – Avos 2, 14 This mishna is one of a series in each of which […]