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Halacha and Kabbalah (part 1)
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What is halacha and where does it come from? The canonical halachic texts, psak from previous generations, and Minhag Yisrael What is kabbalah and where does it come from? How did the Ashkenazi and Sefardi poskim react to the discovery of the Zohar? Is the Zohar fully authentic? Do we change halacha or minhag based […]
Divine Blueprints
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There is a rich midrashic tradition concerning the moment the Torah was given that paints a picture of all the world hanging in the balance of: would the Jews accept the Torah? This Ten discusses the gravity of that moment and how compulsion might be the only thing that could allow us to make the […]
How Do We Deal with Evil? (part 3)
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Chazal say (Berachot 5) that three things are only acquired via suffering – Torah, Eretz Yisrael, and Olam Haba. Is suffering bad? Why is there a need to suffer in order to merit these three gifts? What is the difference between עונש (punishment), אתגר (challenge), ניסיון (trial), and ייסורין (suffering)? Avraham’s ten tests (ניסיונות) weren’t […]
Balancing the Books
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If I Forget Thee
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In the shadow of Yom Yerushalayim, this Ten discusses the millennia-old tension that exists between “forgetting” and “awaiting” when it comes to Yerushalayim and the Beit Hamikdash.
37. A Science Sidebar
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Incidental to talking about the celestial spheres [III, 14], the Rambam mentions some facts about astronomy as the Sages related them. For example, he mentions that the distance from Saturn to Earth is a journey of approximately 8,700 solar years. The Rambam suggests that a day’s travel is about 40 mil of 2,000 cubits each, […]