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Torah and Mitzvos, both she-lo lishmah
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Shiur #61 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:17. The appropriateness of co-opting the yetzer hara to further Torah study. Discussion of various types of motivation for mitzvah performance. Visceral versus superficial belief in reward and punishment. The Sokatchover Rebbe's definition of learning Torah lishmah. 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 Rambam Hilchos Teshuvah 10:5, found in the source packets on page 1, and Sfas Emes, Pesachim 50b, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, and Eglay Tal, Hakdamah, found in the source packets on page 2.
Joel – Chapter 4
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In the Messianic era, G-d will retrieve the exiles of Judah and Jerusalem, returning them to Israel. He will entice the other nations to join Gog, king of the nation of Magog, and He will judge them for how they treated Israel in exile. They divided the land and dispersed the inhabitants (referring to the […]
Joel – Chapter 3
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In the future, in Messianic times, G-d will pour His spirit out on the people, who will be so infused with an understanding of G-d that many will have dreams and visions. Even the members of other nations, who may choose to come to Israel to facilitate the service of G-d, will be on a […]
Joel – Chapter 2
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Sound the shofar, Joel says, to warn the people of the impending catastrophe. Everyone will tremble because of the day that is coming. It will be a day of great darkness, both literally and figuratively, as the locusts cover the land. They will cover the mountains as widespread as the light of sunrise. Such a […]
Joel – Chapter 1
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Who was the prophet Joel (Yoel)? According to the Midrash, he was the son of the prophet Samuel. (Samuel did indeed have a son by this name; see I Samuel 8:2 and I Chronicles 6:18.) This would make Joel from the Tribe of Levi. There was also a prominent Levite by that name during the […]
Hosea – Chapter 14
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The northern kingdom of the Ten Tribes has been found guilty of rebelling against G-d and they will be punished very harshly. The invading armies will perpetrate the most heinous acts of cruelty against them. G-d implores the people to return to Him because these troubles have come upon them due to their sins. He’s […]
Hosea – Chapter 13
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Yeravam (Jeroboam), the first king of northern nation of the Ten Tribes, criticized Shlomo (Solomon) sincerely, for the sake of G-d. He did this with great trepidation because Shlomo was a powerful king, but because he did so, he merited a kingdom of his own. However, he soon turned to idolatry and his dynasty was […]
Hosea – Chapter 12
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The northern kingdom of the Ten Tribes is full of the lies of their kings and their false prophets, but the kingdom of Judah is still faithful to G-d. The northern kingdom chases their idols, which are insubstantial. They occupy their time with evil and falsehood and they try to curry favor with Assyria and […]
Hosea – Chapter 11
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When Israel was young, G-d loved them and He called them from Egypt. But the more He called them, the more they went after idols. He sent Moshe (Moses) to train them in the proper way, but they refused to recognize G-d. He gently drew them close to Him and provided all their needs. They […]
Hosea – Chapter 10
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Israel is like a vine that cannot stand good fruit. The more good things G-d gives them, the more they embrace idolatry. Their heart has separated from G-d, so He will demolish their altars. When this happens, the people will say that their king is useless to save them from their enemies; of course, had […]