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26. Degrees of Prophecy
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Just as there are different types of prophecy, there are different degrees of intensity [II, 45]. However, while they are all degrees of prophecy, not all of these levels necessarily qualified one to be considered a prophet. The lowest two are merely steps on the way to attaining that status. (Sometimes such a person is […]
25. The Various Forms of Prophecy
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We have already said that prophecies were delivered through dreams and visions. When a prophet did receive a message, it could come in a variety of forms [II, 44]: * It might be in the form of an allegory; * The prophet might perceive God speaking to him, as in Isaiah 6:8 (“I heard the […]
Not Just Kind
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An inspiring true story about Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky, Chief Rabbi of Vilna (1863-1940), told by Shlomo Horwitz of Jewish Crossroads. More info available at www.jewishcrossroads.org/about.htm. Produced by Chaim Kalish of BuildaFilm Studios.
24. The Interpretation of Prophetic Allegories
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Prophets would sometimes receive their prophecies in the form of allegories. In such a case, they would be shown or told the allegory, followed by its meaning. [II, 43] In dreams, it is possible for a person to believe that he is awake. In his dream, he can even relate a dream to another person, […]
First Born, First Fruits, and Concluding Thoughts
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Twenty-Two Nisan First-borns matter in Judaism. Rambam lists eight Biblical commandments that relate to first-born animals or people, and Ramban adds another, meaning that a percent and a half of all Biblical commandments show us how to deal properly with first-borns. Studying the significance the Torah gives these issues, and why it sees them as […]