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Powers of Ten
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The fifth perek in Pirkei Avos starts off with an explicit theme of the number ten. Each of the first few mishnayos discuss things in groupings of ten. The first Mishna discusses why the world was created in with ten articulations (ma’amarim). The Mishna does this by asking: why could it not have been created […]
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 […]