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Ezekiel – Chapter 26
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G-d spoke to Ezekiel regarding the nation of Tzor (Tyre). Even Tzor, which had always been a friend of Jerusalem, rejoiced in the destruction of the Holy City, not out of animosity but out of the promise of material gain; the traders who had formerly gone to Jerusalem were now expected to bring their business […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 25
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G-d spoke to Ezekiel and said he should prophesize to the people of the nation Amon. He should tell them to listen to the word of G-d because they rejoiced when the Temple was conquered and the Jews were exiled. G-d would deliver them into the hands of the nation of Aram. Aram will settle […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 24
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G-d spoke to Ezekiel in the ninth year of King Tzidkiyahu, on the tenth day of the tenth month (the 10th of Teves). He told Ezekiel to make special note of the day, as that’s the day Nebuchadnezzar began the siege of Jerusalem. Ezekiel was told to relate a parable of a cooking pot, full […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 23
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Once again, G-d spoke to Ezekiel. He told the prophet a parable about two women, sisters. (The women are the two Jewish nations: Judah and the Ten Tribes of Israel.) They behaved promiscuously in Egypt. (Promiscuity is the common metaphor for idolatry.) The sisters’ breasts were fondled by the Egyptians. (See the end of this […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 22
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G-d spoke to Ezekiel and said that he should judge Jerusalem, which He called a city that spills blood. Ezekiel was to tell them in the Name of G-d that they have made themselves guilty through bloodshed and defiled themselves with their idols; because of their crimes, their time is almost up. G-d will make […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 21
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G-d told Ezekiel to face south (towards Israel from Babylonia) and speak to (or of) the “forest of the field,” meaning the Temple. G-d will light a fire that will consume both moist trees and dry trees (i.e., both the righteous and the wicked). This fire will not be doused, burning everything south of Babylonia. […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 20
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Once again, elders of the people came to Ezekiel to seek advice from G-d. This time we are told the date. It was the tenth day of the fifth month, which is Tisha B’Av. (Four years later on that date, the Temple would be destroyed.) G-d said to Ezekiel, “Tell the elders who have come […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 19
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G-d tells Ezekiel to sing a dirge for the royalty of Israel. (The Radak tells us that this refers to Yehoachaz, Yehoyakim and Tzidkiyahu.) Their mother (referring to Israel) was a lioness. She dwelled among the other lions and raised her cubs to be young lions. The first of her cubs (referring to Yehoachaz) started […]
Ezekiel – Chapter 18
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G-d spoke to Ezekiel and told him to explain the meaning of the popular saying of the time that fathers eat sour grapes, but the sons are the ones whose teeth are set on edge. (This means that the children pay the price for the actions of their parents.) G-d says that this saying will […]
The effect of bias and indulgence on Torah learning
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Shiur #60 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Review of the main parts of the Teshuvas Meishiv Davar studied last shiur. Discussion of biases and conflicts of interest and their affect on one's ability to judge objectively. Quoting Torah versus interpreting Torah, both with ulterior motives. Warped values can cause the most gross errors in conduct. Discussion of the special level of 'keser Torah.' The danger that indulgence presents to the attainment and maintenance of Torah knowledge. Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Kli Yakar, Shemos 25:31, found in the source packets on page 1, Akeidas Yitzchak, sha'ar 67, found in the source packets on page 1-2, and Rambam Hilchos Talmud Torah 3:6,12, found in the source packets on page 2.