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The Middah of Temimus
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Two perspectives within “na’aseh vi-nishma: “We might not get another chance like this!”  and “We trust Hashem that whatever is coming, is good.” Temimus is the result of the successful removal of orlas ha-peh just as taming of physical desire is the result of the successful (physical and conceptual) removal of orlas ha-guf. Discussion of […]
Tzefania #2 (Chapter One)
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(Parallel between Chavakuk and Choni Hameagel) When a Navi begins with תחילה or דברי (e.g. Yirmiyahu), his prophecies are of rebuke. Tzefaniah lived during the time of Yoshiyahu. His topic is the destruction of Yehudah. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, January 14th, 2019, 8 Shevat 5779 This shiur is sponsored by Dov and Elayne […]
The Ways of the Righteous, the Ways of the Wicked
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Relationship of temimus to yashrus. The interplay of intellect and partiality, for both the Tzaddik and theRasha.  Analysis of aGemara which implies that Hashem favors the rich with riches because of their righteousness. Citations: In addition to the commentaries on Mishlei, this shiur references Gemara Bava Metziah 35a with Rashi.
The Tzaddik Falls Seven Times: Growing from Adversity
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Mishlei 24:16 – “התרפית ביום צרה – צר כחכה” Mishlei 24:17 – “הצל לקחים למות ומטים להרג אם תחשוך” When read together the verses mean that if someone is in trouble and you are able to help them but don’t, then when you are in need your own resources will fail you. If we don’t help […]
Chavakuk #9 (Chapter Three), Introduction to Tzefania
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Why is Chavakuk’s prayer called a תפילה? The other prophets of his time describe the downfall of Ashur and the salvation of the Kingdom of Yehudah. Chavakuk, on the other hand describes the long exile that is to come. —— Who was Tzefania? He prophesied at the time of Yoshiyahu. Tzefania, Yirmiyahu, and Chulda were […]
Helping Others: The Purpose of Life
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Mishlei 24:10 If we don’t help others when we are able to do so, God will ensure we won’t be able to help ourselves. Why was is not good for man to be alone? When one is alone he or she cannot give to others. The message of Eglah Arufah is communal responsibility. Delivered at […]