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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. […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 10
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Jeremiah tells Israel to listen to what G-d has to say about them. Don’t learn the ways of the other nations and don’t turn to the stars in the sky, as the other nations do; they will come to regret it. Worshipping heavenly bodies is bad enough, and it leads to worshipping idols of wood […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 9
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Jeremiah wishes that he could live in an inn, far away from his people, so he wouldn’t have to observe their sinful actions. Their tongues are like bows shooting words of falsehood as the arrows. They go from one sin to the next, not recognizing G-d. Nobody can trust anybody else. They just tell lies […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 8
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When G-d makes the wicked pay, they will exhume the bones of the kings, idolatrous priests and false prophets in order to make them pay posthumously. Their bones will be spread out under the heavenly bodies that they worshipped, never to be re-interred. (The fulfillment of this prophecy is not found in Tanach, but it […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 7
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G-d told Jeremiah to position himself in front of the main entrance to the Temple. Jeremiah was to proclaim to those who came to the Temple that they should heed G-d’s word. If they would improve themselves, G-d would allow them to continue to inhabit the land and have the Temple. The people were encouraged […]
Jeremiah – Chapter 6
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The Benjaminites are told to gather, to guard their cities, and the city of Tekoa is told to sound the shofar to warn of the impending invasion. (The choice of the city of Tekoa is a play on “tekiah,” the sound a shofar makes.) G-d says that the delicate people have been destroyed. Shepherds and […]