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Humanity’s Challenges: Bereshit Until Today (part 4)
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ויאמר קין אל הבל אחיו ויהי בהיותם בשדה ויקם קין אל הבל אחיו ויהרגהו In the previous scene Hashem told Kayin there was no reason to be upset, all he had to do was repent. Instead, Kayin killed Hevel. Why did he kill Hevel? Was it premeditated? The Kli Yakar: Why was Kayin upset? Kayin […]
Miriam, Our Redeemer
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Miriam is often seen as a “third wheel” among her more active brothers, Moshe and Aharon. Take Ten to learn the critical and overlooked role that she had in the salvation of the Jewish people, and why she is equally listed as one of our saviors.
Grafting and Interspecies Trees
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Is it permissible to create a “fruit salad” tree? Would one need to take separate terumah and maaser from each fruit? Can you make shehechiyanu and birkat hailanot on the tree? Grafting is permissible the scion and rootstock are מין במינו; what is considered the same species? Why is grafting prohibited? What are the hashkafic issues […]
29. The Vision of God’s “Chariot”
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In the third section of Moreh Nevuchim, the Rambam comes to what he tells us is his ultimate point: explaining the Biblical sections known as ma’aseh Bereishis (the Creation account) and ma’aseh haMerkava (the account of God’s “chariot”). [III, intro] The problem, however, is that the Sages generally forbid revealing such things because they are […]
It’s Manna Tuesday!
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There is a special custom to read the section of the Torah that deals with the Manna today, the Tuesday before the Torah reading of Beshalach. This Ten explores the meaning of this custom and how important it might be to say it – and think it – every other day as well.