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Among the laws detailed in our Sidra is a section about divorce. The Rebbe analyzes the concept of divorce, both as it applies between man and wife and between man and G-d. It pursues certain paradoxes in the Talmudic tractate on divorce (Gittin) and in t...
If you open any translation of this week’s Torah reading, it will begin: “When you go out to war against your enemy.” But if you look into the original Hebrew, you will see that this is only an approximate rendition. Al, the Hebrew word translated as “aga...
It was the first day of school. During recess, the sixth grade buzzed with excitement as girls in groups exchanged their summer experiences. Leah, Nechamah, and Rina had become good friends at camp. “I’m so happy we were put in the same class this year,” ...
Seitzei
Adapted from Sefer HaSichos 5749, Vol. II, p. 676ff; Sefer HaSichos 5750, Vol. II, p. 655ff; Sefer HaSichos 5751, Vol. II p. 796ff Will a Dove Grow Claws? Every day, we conclude the Shemoneh Esreh prayers by praising G-d “who blesses His people Israel wit...
Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19
The sixth section of the Book of Deuteronomy continues Moses’ second farewell address to the Jewish people. Moses continues to review many aspects of Jewish law, beginning with the laws governing the behavior of Jewish soldiers when they go out (Teitzei, ...
"כי תצא למלחמה על איביך ונתנו ה' אלקיך בידך" “When you will go out to war against your enemies, and G‑d, your G‑d, will deliver them into your hand.” (21:10) QUESTION: Instead of “ki teitzei lamilchamah” — “when you will go out to war” — it should have sa...
In the Torah portion of Seitzei we learn:Devarim 25:4. “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading grain.” Concerning this precept, the Alter Rebbe notesShulchan Aruch Admur HaZakein, Hilchos She’alah U’Sechirus par. 22. that one does not transgress this co...
In the Torah portion of Seitzei we read:Devarim 24:14-15. “Do not withhold the wages due to your poor or destitute hired laborer…. You must give him his wage on the day it is due, and not let the sun set with him waiting for it.” Our Sages inform usShmos ...
In the Torah portion of Seitzei we read:Devarim 22:11. “Do not wear a forbidden mixture, in which wool and linen are together [in a single garment].” This forbidden mixture is known as shatnez, or kilayim. The Torah goes on to state:Ibid., verse 12. “You ...
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