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Would We Have Seen Hashem in the Plagues?
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Two Nisan The Torah emphasizes the supernatural in the Exodus, especially the plagues and Splitting of the Sea. Hashem is quoted frequently to the effect that these wonders were to make clear to the Egyptians and the world Who was making this happen. Taken at face value, it makes us wonder how the Egyptians denied […]
Introduction: The Challenge and the Way to Meet It
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Day One, Rosh Chodesh Nissan Just about at the end of our telling the story on Seder night, we find out that there has been an agenda to the evening we might have missed up until that point. After all the telling we’ve done, we quote Mishnah Pesachim 10;5, that in every generation we are […]
23. Dreams and Visions
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As we have already discussed, all the prophets other than Moshe received their prophecies in dreams and visions. We understand what dreams are but what are visions? The Rambam describes a vision as an intense, dreadful feeling that washes over a prophet while awake. [II, 41] To support this, the Rambam cites the Book of […]
Why I’m Not Sending Flowers on Valentine’s Day
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Why don’t Orthodox Jews observe Valentine’s Day? After all, it’s a day dedicated to love – isn’t that a good thing? To understand the answer, let us first examine the origins of the celebration. A Catholic Holiday? For starters, the full name of the holiday is “Saint Valentine’s Day.” You are probably familiar with St. […]
The Yarmulke: A Crown of Contemporary Honor
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Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything: how to sleep, how to eat… how to work… how to wear clothes. For instance, we always keep our heads covered, and always wear a little prayer shawl that shows our constant devotion to God. […]