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Chavakuk #6 (Chapter Two)
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In chapter one Chavakuk asks Hashem why the wicked prosper and in chapter two Hashem gives him two answers – a long-term answer (עוד חזון למועד) and that Bavel won’t last a long time. The Malbim on why Bavel was destroyed. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, December 10th, 2018, 2 Tevet 5779 Sponsored by […]
Chavakuk #5 (Chapter Two)
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Chavakuk opens a window into Nevuah as it applies to the period after the churban when he refers to prophecies about the downfall of Bavel. In terms of waiting for the end to come he says “וצדיק באמונתו יחיה”. It doesn’t mean to be completely passive when it comes to waiting, but a large part […]
Chavakuk #4 (Chapter Two)
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Chavakuk questions why Hashem will remove Yehuda from the yoke of Ashur/Assyria only to place them in the yoke of Bavel, both evil kingdoms. God responds with a  general answer before He deals with Chavakuk’s specific question. Chavakuk, like Moshe, asks Hashem to let him understand Hashem’s ways so he can answer the people. Delivered […]
Chavakuk #3 (Chapter One)
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How does Chavakuk’s account of what Bavel will do to Bnei Yisrael align with that which happens later on? He describes Bavel’s main goal as expansion for the sake of expansion and the cruelty of the Kasdim (Chaldeans). Chavakuk understands that it has to happen because God set it up “מקדם” but asks why. Delivered […]
Chavakuk #2 (Chapter One)
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When Chavakuk prophesied, Bavel is on the rise but not yet a major power. He complains that even if Bnei Yisrael sinned, Bavel is much more wicked. He, like Yonah, is concerned for the dignity of Bnei Yisrael but takes a different approach. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, October 29th, 2018, 20 Marcheshvan 5779
Nachum #7, Introduction to Chavakuk
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Nachum focuses almost exclusively on Nineveh/Assyria except for one section about Bnei Yisrael. Unlike Eicha, Nachum ends with אין מנחם, there is no one to comfort. In Nachum we learn that although Hashem didn’t destroy Nineveh in the time of Yonah because they repented from the חמס, they didn’t maintain that level, they reverted to […]
Nachum #6
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The last perek of Nachum describes Nineveh and Ashur’s ultimate destruction at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar and Bavel. At first Nineveh was given a chance to repent and did but went back to their old ways. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, October 15th, 2018, 6 Marcheshvan 5779
Nachum #5
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Nachum puts the destruction of Nineveh in three stages – he discusses stage two and three but not the first stage, when Sancherev’s army is destroyed outside Jerusalem. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, September 17th, 2018, 8 Tishrei 5779
Nachum #4
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Yeshayahu’s prophecy about Sancheirev’s arrogance sheds light on the reason why Nachum prophesied that Ashur (Assyria) would be utterly destroyed. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, September 3rd, 2018, 23 Elul 5778
Nachum #3
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Yona, the previous sefer is an unfinished story, we never find out what happens afterwards until we read Nachum who explains why Ashur was saved in Yonah’s time and destroyed later on. Nachum spends a lot of time discussing how G-d will react. The concepts of חרון אף (anger) and נקמה (revenge). Delivered at the […]