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Tzarich Iyun: Adam’s Rib
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Misconception:According to the traditional viewpoint, Chava was created from one of Adam’s ribs. Fact: According to the opinion of Rashi and many other medieval commentators, “woman” was created from one side of Adam, not from his rib. Background: The creation of woman is described in Bereishit 2:21-22: “And the Lord God caused man (haAdam) to […]
62. What are Kindness, Righteousness and Judgment?
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Before proceeding to the conclusion, the Rambam tells us that the meanings of three terms must be clarified: chesed (kindness), tzedaka (righteousness), and mishpat (judgment). [III, 53] Chesed is the act of extending a great amount of kindness. In Tanach, it generally refers to showing kindness to those who have done nothing to deserve it. […]
Emergency Landing
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Chazal tell us, “כל המקיים נפש אחת מישראל, כאילו קיים עולם מלא“”, saving one Jewish life is like saving the entire world. They are not only talking about a physical life. “נפש אחת“, “one life,” refers also to the spiritual life of one Jewish soul. To bring one Jew back to Hashem is tantamount to […]
The Life and Learning of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein ZT”L
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The following is, for the most part, a transcript of a talk given in Yeshivat Sha’alvim, approximately one week after the passing of Rav Lichtenstein. [1] The written version has been slightly modified in terms of sequence and by the addition of footnotes. What follows are some personal reflections on the life of our great […]