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Nahum – Chapter 1
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Unlike most of the Twelve Prophets, little is known of Nahum (Nachum). We are not told his lineage, his background, or the kings during whose reigns he was active. Unlike Obadiah and Jonah, he does not appear elsewhere in Tanach (the Bible). We are told that he was from Elkosh, a city about which we […]
Micah – Chapter 7
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Micah says that it’s a poor time to be a prophet, since his generation is overwhelmingly evil. (He compares himself to the last figs of summer that remain after the gathering.) There’s no righteous person (ripe figs) to be found. The people who are left are violent predators of their fellow men. In the long […]
Micah – Chapter 6
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Micah now tells the people to listen to what G-d has to say. He says that the Avos and Imahos (forefathers and foremothers – namely Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah), whom He compares to mountains and hills, should see the actions of their descendants; G-d has issues with them. What did He […]
Micah – Chapter 5
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Now Micah addresses the city of Bethlehem, from which King David came. Bethlehem was fit to be among the least important cities in Judah, but instead it will be the birthplace of the Messiah. (This does NOT mean that the Messiah must be born in Bethlehem; it means that he will be descended from David, […]
Micah – Chapter 4
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In Messianic times, the Temple mount will be cleared of the growth of the previous chapter and once again firmly established. People of all nations will flock to it in order to serve G-d and learn His ways. The Torah will go out of Zion and the word of G-d from Jerusalem. (We say this […]
Learning Torah she-lo lishmah, and battling the yetzer hara
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Shiur #62 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 3:17 and 25:21. Differentiating between learning Torah she-lo lishmah, and teaching Torah to a corrupt person. Discussion of the misconduct of Gechazi. The importance of the permission to learn Torah she-lo lishmah. Learning halacha counters the yetzer hara of anger, while learning aggadah counters the yetzer hara of desire. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Rambam Hilchos Talmud Torah 3:5, found in the source packets on page 1, and gemara Sukkah 52a, found in the source packets on page 2.
Micah – Chapter 3
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Micah told the leaders of the Jewish people to shape up and to fix things. They love corruption, not only for profit, but for its own sake. They metaphorically steal the very skin and flesh of the people. They’re like cannibals, cooking the people in pots and feasting upon them. When these leaders cry out […]
Micah – Chapter 2
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Micah says woe to those who lie in bed, plotting all their evil, then perform it in the morning. They have the power to just take whatever they want, so their plans are effectively already a “done deal.” G-d says that He’ll plan evil for the nation who does this; they will not be able […]
Micah – Chapter 1
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Micah the Morashti lived during the reigns of Yosam, Achaz and Chizkiyahu in Judah. (Micah is mentioned in Jeremiah chapter 26.) G-d spoke to him about the fate of Samaria and Israel, the northern kingdom of the Ten Tribes. “Everybody listen up! G-d is warning you that He is going to come down here and […]
Jonah – Chapter 4
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Jonah was grieved that the Assyrians responded so readily to G-d’s warning, because the Jews were typically obstinate when it came to such things. (Also, the people of Nineveh gave up robbery and other unjust interpersonal behavior, but they still worshipped idols. G-d forgave them nonetheless, and even used them as His instrument to punish […]