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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 […]
The Greatness of Man
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OU Torah presents The R. Simcha Bunim of Peshischa Wallet Card A healthy reminder of man’s place in the grand scheme of things Instructions: 1. Cut out card 2. Fold along center line 3, Glue or tape to seal 4. Carry this card in your wallet and refer to it as needed
Who is…? (Avos 4:1)
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In the first mishna of the fourth perek in Pirkei Avos, the tanna Ben-Zoma makes several points: 1) who is wise? One who learns from all people; 2) Who is strong? One who conquers his negative inclination.  3) Who is rich? One who is happy with what he has. 4) Who is honorable? One who […]
Dear is Man…
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In Pirkei Avos the Mishna tells us that Rabbi Akiva used to say “dear is man for he was created in the image (on a metaphysical level) of Hashem… dear is an Israelite for he is called a son of Hashem…” Like many of Chazal’s sayings, this statement of Rabbi Akiva can be understood on […]
28. Exaggeration and Figurative Language
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By this point, it should not surprise us that the Bible utilizes both figurative speech and exaggeration to make vivid points. [II, 47] The Talmud (Chulin 90b) tells us explicitly that this is the case and it provides us with two examples, one from the Torah and one from the Writings. Deuteronomy 1:28 describes the […]
Rav Aharon Lichtenstein ztz”l: Four Vignettes
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Lessons from a Giant He was considered to be one of the greatest rabbis of this generation. His complete mastery of the entire gamut of Torah and Talmud reflected a level of proficiency that is possessed by only a few in this generation. His PhD from Harvard in English literature was a testament to his […]