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Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Periods of Exile

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Exile is an integral part of the history of the nation of Israel. More than half of the time that the nation has existed was spent in exile. This is clearly a very important fact. This reality sometimes leads people to make a mistake and attempt to idealize the exile, or at the very least to generate a feeling of ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: What is Redemption?

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In the first chapter of his book “Netzach Yisrael” the Maharal of Prague defines the concept of redemption based on his view of the exile. By doing this he makes use of a common theme in his way of looking at things: The Unity of Opposites. An idea can often best be defined by understanding its opposite. Thus, black is ... Read More »

“Not in Haste”

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The word “chipazon” – haste – appears only three times in the entire Bible. Two of the times are in the Torah: “Eat it in haste, it is Pesach for G-d” [Shemot 12:11], and “For you left Egypt in haste” [Deuteronomy 16:3]. The third time is in the Haftarah for this week’s Torah portion, “not in haste” [Isaiah 52:12]. The ... Read More »

“I am Their Deeds”

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(Written for those whose custom is to read the Haftarah of Rosh Chodesh even for the month of Elul.) The essence of Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of a new month) is renewal, based on returning to the beginning. We look back at the beginning of creation and its objectives. And that is why this Haftarah begins with the paradox that ... Read More »

Kingdoms at War

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The main message of the Haftarah for this week’s portion (Ezekiel 28:25-29:21), aside from the discussion of the punishment that will befall Egypt which is similar to the plagues in the Torah portion, is the lesson it teaches us about international struggles. This includes the story of the rise and fall of various empires. In ancient times, the status of ... Read More »

“And as to Esau…”

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The words of the Elijah of Vilna [by his Hebrew acronym Gra (“HaGaon Rabbenu Eliyahu”)] about the first verses in this week’s Haftarah are quite surprising: “Is not Esau a brother to Jacob, and I have loved Jacob? But as to Esau I have hatred.” [Malachi 1:2-3]. Just at this place, where the passage emphasizes the differences between Israel and ... Read More »

The Beginning, the Middle, and the End

Why did our tradition choose the Song of David (Samuel II 22:1-51) as the Haftarah of the Torah portion of Ha’azinu, which contains the epic exalted poem written by Moses? For the portion of Beshalach, which includes the epic poem of the Children of Israel at the Red Sea celebrating the victory over the Egyptian army, the Song of Deborah ... Read More »

Don’t Be Afraid

What is the meaning of the double consolation in the opening verse of the Haftarah, “Be consoled, be consoled, My nation” [Isaiah 40:1]? It is true that Zion “has been given double for all her sins” [40:2], and therefore it is due for double consolation. But what does this mean? It would seem that the answer to this question can ... Read More »

What will the Other Nations Say?

G-d leads all of the nations of the world through a universal approach. Just as He took His nation out of slavery into freedom, so He brings the other nations into the light of the world. “You are for me like the sons of the Kushites, Children of Israel – that is the word of G-d. Did I not bring ... Read More »