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Jeremiah – Chapter 3
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Jeremiah says that if a man divorces his wife and she marries another, he may not take her back again after that. But the Jews “cheated on” G-d with many idols and He is still willing to take them back! Look around – is there any place they didn’t cheat on G-d? They sat by […]
The Value of Torah versus Yichus
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Shiur #56 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:15. The elevated lineage of a Kohen Gadol still leaves him secondary to a mamzer if the mamzer is a talmid chochom. Halachic consequences of this prioritization. Insights into the mechanics of this prioritization. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Horios 13a, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, and Talmud Yerushalmi, (end of) Horios, found in the source packets on pages 2-3, and Teshuvas Meishiv Davar 2nd chelek, siman 47, found in the source packets on pages 3-4.
Jeremiah – Chapter 2
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G-d told Jeremiah to go out into Jerusalem and tell them that He is willing to accept their repentance, as He recalls how the nation followed Him into the wilderness following the Exodus from Egypt. Israel is holy to G-d, like the new produce before the Omer is brought; anyone who “eats” them will be […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 1
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These are the words of rebuke from Jeremiah (Yirmiyahu) who was a Kohein (priest) and who was descended from Joshua and Rachav (see Talmud Megilla 14b). G-d appeared to Jeremiah in the days of King Yoshiyahu (Josiah) of Judah and he prophesied through the reign of King Tzidkiyahu, until the Jews were exiled in the […]
Isaiah – Chapter 66
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G-d says, “Heaven is My throne and Earth is my footstool. What building is sufficient to hold My presence? I made Heaven and Earth as I wished, but I still look upon the downtrodden people who do My will. Those who offer sacrifices without repenting are actually making things worse for themselves; they chose their […]
Isaiah – Chapter 65
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G-d says, “I encouraged the Jewish people to return to Me by sending them prophets, but they wouldn’t listen. I said, ‘Here I am!’ but they wouldn’t turn to Me. I spread My hands out to them, but they continued to go in their bad way. The people continue to antagonize Me and they sacrifice […]
Isaiah – Chapter 64
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Like fire, which makes things boil and melt, G-d will make His Name known to the nations, who will tremble before Him. G-d performed wonders for the Jews, which we didn’t deserve. When He descended on Mt. Sinai, mountains melted away. No one ever heard of deeds like G-d did for Israel and no one […]
Isaiah – Chapter 63
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Someone is coming from Edom, which is Rome, wearing clothes soiled in battle, and from Batzra girded in strength. It’s G-d, Who said previously (34:5) that He would personally take care of Edom. Why are His clothes red? From “treading the wine press” of Edom by Himself. The day of vengeance was in G-d’s heart […]
Isaiah – Chapter 62
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G-d says that for the sake of Israel and Jerusalem, He will not be silent and He will not “rest” until their righteousness and salvation burn brightly. Nations will see Israel’s righteousness and they will be called by a new name, which G-d will designate. (Radak says Hephzibah – “My desire is in her” – […]
Isaiah – Chapter 61
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Isaiah relates that all the good things he has foretold are from G-d, Who placed His spirit on Isaiah in order to deliver His message. Isaiah’s mission is to announce freedom from the captivity. He declares a year of redemption and a day of vengeance (Radak says this refers to Gog and Magog). The mourners […]