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18 Iyar, 5743 · May 1, 1983
The Talmud tells us that 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva died because “they did not treat one another with respect.” But the plague ended on Lag BaOmer, which means they had remedied their actions and began to treat each other with the appropriate level of...
Sarah, the first Jewish mother, is a shining example of the great power that every woman has over her family and our entire nation. It was Sarah who insisted that Isaac, not Ishmael, continue Abraham’s progeny. It was she who raised Isaac in his formative...
How a poor and ignorant shepherd became a great Torah scholar.
Learning Pirkei Avot
Make your Torah study a permanent fixture of your life. Say little and do much. And receive every man with a pleasant countenance. (Ethics of Our Fathers ch.1:15)
Learning Pirkei Avot: chapter 1, mishnah 11-12
"Scholars, be careful with your words. For you may be exiled to a place inhabited by evil elements who will distort your words to suit their negative purposes…Be of the disciples of Aaron: a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves the creatures ...
Two sages of the Talmud debate whether the Jews actually saw heavenly thunder at the giving of the Torah.
Learning Pirkei Avot
Rabban Yochanan the son of Zakkai had five disciples: R’ Eliezer the son of Hurkenus, R’Yehoshua the son of Chananya, R’ Yossei the Kohen, R’ Shimon the son of Netanel, and R’ Elazar the son of Arach. He would recount their praises… (Ethics of Our Fathers...
Scroll Down - Part 5
Who decided which texts belonged to the biblical canon and which texts did not belong? The Oral Torah during the early, pre-mishnaic periods.
Why we celebrate the passing of the leading mystic?
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