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31. Further Elaboration of Ezekiel’s Vision
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In the first chapter of his book, the prophet Ezekiel describes a vision he had of angelic beings, Chayos (“living things”) and Ofanim (“wheels”). In the tenth chapter, he has another vision, which sheds further light on the things he perceived [III, 3]. In his second vision, Ezekiel replaces the word Chayos with K’ruvim, AKA […]
The “Torah Lifestyle”
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Avos (Kinyan Hatorah 4) 6, 4: Pirkei Avos has five perakim. In most printed editions there is a sixth perek that really consists of beraisos and is an appendage to Pirkei Avos. Various reasons are given as to why this perek of beraisos is annexed on to Pirkei Avos. It is included in the weekly […]
Tzarich Iyun: The Parah Adumah
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Misconception:The person who sprinkles the ashes of a parah adumah (“red heifer”) on a tamei (ritually impure) person becomes tamei himself. Fact: Most of the people involved in preparing the ashes become tamei, but the one who sprinkles the water with the ashes does not. Background: Among the various types of tumah (ritual impurities) enumerated […]
Know What to Answer
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“Rabbi Elazar says: Be diligent (and/or persistent) in the study of Torah. Know what to answer a heretic. And know before whom you toil, and who is your employer – for he will compensate you the reward of your labors.” – Avos 2, 14 This mishna is one of a series in each of which […]
The Wizard of Avos
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Let’s talk about The Wizard of Oz. Book or Movie? Movie or Book? Now, to the honest, there are many differences between the MGM movie and L. Frank Baum’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Here are just a few of the more significant ones: *In the book, Dorothy has silver shoes. In the movie, […]
30. The Chayos and Ofanim
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The Rambam goes on to explain the vision of the angels in Ezekiel chapter 1. [III, 2] Each angel has the four faces we discussed in our previous section, four wings and two hands. Overall, however, their appearance is human, as per Ezekiel 1:5, “they had the form of a man.” The legs of the […]