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Insights into Modim D’Rabbonon
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Shiur #67 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: The difference between "hoda'ah al" and "hoda'ah sheh... ." Discussion of how Modim dRabbnon serves the role of kabbolos ol malchus shomayim. The significance of chazaras haShatz. Sensing the presence of Hashem. Citations: There is no source packet for this shiur.
Psalms – Chapter 48
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This is no doubt the most familiar Psalm by the sons of Korach, as it is recited each week as the Psalm of the Day for Monday. The author states that G-d is great and He is rightly praised very much. He will be all the more praised when Jerusalem and the Temple stand in […]
Psalms – Chapter 47
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The Psalm continues the theme of the previous one. The sons of Korach call for the nations of the world to clap their hands together and to sing to G-d in joy (or possibly to play the trumpet to Him). G-d is on high, awe-inspiring, and the great King of the whole world. He punishes […]
Psalms – Chapter 46
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The sons of Korach composed this Psalm and it is meant to be accompanied by an instrument called an alamos. (The name of this instrument may involve wordplay on “al mus,” “beyond death,” the closing words of Psalm 48, also by the sons of Korach.) G-d is a source of defense and strength in times […]
Psalms – Chapter 45
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Another “sons of Korach” composition, this time intended to be played on an instrument called the shoshanim, although Rashi tells us that it refers to Torah scholars. This Psalm is a “maskil,” which refers to enlightenment, and it is called a “shir yedidos,” a song of friendship. The commentaries differ on whose love for whom […]
Psalms – Chapter 44
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The author says to G-d that those of us who were not yet around to witness His miracles on our behalf have heard about them from our fathers. G-d cleared the way before our ancestors and planted them firmly in the land. Our ancestors did not acquire the land because they were the mightiest warriors, […]
Psalms – Chapter 43
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The author (again the sons of Korach, quoted by David) asks G-d to judge him, find him worthy, and then avenge his mistreatment at the hand of his oppressors, whom he calls a nation lacking the attribute of kindness. Furthermore, they are two-faced hypocrites, hiding their inherent cruelty behind a facade of benevolence. G-d championed […]
Psalms – Chapter 42
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This is the first Psalm of the second “book.” Many people may be surprised to learn that David did not compose all of Psalms. He included songs of praise to G-d written by ten “elders,” some quite famous (Moses) and others fairly obscure (Heiman). While David composed all of the Psalms in the first volume […]
Psalms – Chapter 41
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Fortunate is the person who shows proper concern for the sick, says David. Such a person’s assistance can reassure the patient of G-d’s care. As He helps keep the patient alive, G-d will keep the caregiver alive. He will be an example in the eyes of others and G-d will fortify the patient on his […]
Psalms – Chapter 40
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This Psalm begins “lamnatzeach, l’David mizmor,” “To the conductor, of David, a song.” As we saw previously, when a Psalm begins “l’David mizmor,” it means that G-d’s spirit rested upon David, causing him to sing (as opposed to mizmor l’David, in which David sang first, causing G-d’s spirit to rest upon him). David says that […]