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Jeremiah – Chapter 19
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G-d told Jeremiah to buy a jug from a potter (specifically a clay jug, as opposed to one made of metal or some other material). He was to take leaders of the people and the priests with him. He was then to go to the Dung Gate, where broken pottery was disposed of. There, Jeremiah […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 18
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G-d spoke to Jeremiah and told him to go to the house of a certain potter. When he got there, Jeremiah found the potter working on his pottery wheel. The clay pot he was making got ruined, so he just made it over again. G-d said to Jeremiah, “Just as this potter did to his […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 17
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The nation’s sin is deeply ingrained, as if written by an iron pen with a diamond point. And where is it “written?” On the people’s hearts and on the altars they used to serve idols. Their idols were as dear to them as their own children. Therefore, G-d has made Jerusalem “fair game” for plunder. […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 16
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G-d told Jeremiah that he was not to marry or have children* because the children born in that place (presumably Anasos) and their parents were doomed to fall to sickness and famine, never to be mourned or buried. Jeremiah was also instructed not to go to a house or mourning for them, since G-d has […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 15
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G-d told Jeremiah that even if He were beseeched by Moses and Samuel, both of whom prayed for the people of their generations, He would still send this nation into exile. After they are exiled, if the nation asks, “Where shall we go?” Jeremiah is to tell them, “Some to death from the disease, others […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 14
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G-d spoke to Jeremiah about the droughts that were to come. The people of Judah will mourn because their cities will be desolate; the cry of Jerusalem will go up. Important people will send their servants to go find water, but they will find the pits dry and will return empty-handed. They will cover their […]
Wisdom and Lineage
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Shiur #57 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:15. Further discussion of the prioritizing of a scholarly mamzer over an ignorant Kohen Gadol. Hierarchy and limitations are needed to permit entering the kodesh kodashim, whereas Torah is accessible to everyone. Comparison of the start and end of Parshas Va-yetse; transitions in Yaakov's understanding of where kedushah is to be found. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Sfas Emes Badmibar Parshas Naso 5641 and 5647, found in the source packets on pages 1-2.
Jeremiah – Chapter 13
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G-d told Jeremiah to go buy a linen belt and to wrap it around his loins (imagine the way a modern athletic supporter is worn). Jeremiah was not to wash it. The prophet did as he was instructed. G-d then told Jeremiah to take that sweaty garment to a place called Peras (possibly on the […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 12
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Jeremiah says that he knows that G-d is by definition always right, but that he still engages in debate with Him so that he can better understand G-d’s ways. He then asks G-d why the wicked are allowed to prosper. (Rashi says Jeremiah specifically asked why Nebuchadnezzar was allowed to achieve such greatness.) G-d plants […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 11
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G-d spoke to Jeremiah, saying that he should tell the people to listen to the words of their covenant with G-d. A person who will not heed the covenant will be cursed. When G-d took the nation out of the “iron crucible” of Egypt, the deal was that they serve Him, rather than the Egyptians. […]