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Prophecy as Current Events
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After a haftarah we say: “שכל דבריו אמת וצדק” – all the words of the Neviim are true (one of the 13 principles of faith). Regarding Ezekiel’s prophecy contained in the haftarah for Parshat Parah: how did the Jews at the time understand it, how did our grandparents understand it, and how do we understand […]
The Ethics of Voting
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The Midrash says that when Hashem appointed Betzalel to build the Mishkan He first asked Moshe and Bnei Yisrael if they approved. From this we derive that a person can’t be appointed as a leader without the consent of the people. What role does the Torah give Bnei Yisrael in choosing their leader? Delivered at […]
Rashi is not Waiting in Passaic
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In several places, when the Torah says “עלה” with regard to going to Israel, Rashi comments that “ארץ ישראל גבוהה מכל הארצות”. We cannot be frozen in time, history isn’t static, things change. The mitzvah of settling the land of Israel applies even today. Omri, a complete rasha merited the kingship because he built a […]
Don’t Be Frozen in Time
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“וירא העם כי בשש משה לרדת מן ההר ויקהל העם על אהרן” There are several major ideas in the Torah that Rashi repeats many times. When Bnei Yisrael see Moshe is “late” they start up with Aharon (ויקהלו) and tell him what to do; they don’t ask him what to do! Rashi says אני לא באתי אלא לפרש […]
The Mishkan: An Analysis of a Shiur by Rav Soloveitchik
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We make brachot whenever we derive benefit from this world. When do we make a bracha on life itself! According to Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik we redeem ourselves by emulating God: והלכת בדרכיו. God doesn’t expect anything from us that He doesn’t do Himself. God is everywhere (מלא כל הארץ כבודו). When God created this […]