redemption

Gr"a on Redemption notes I

What follows is a detailed review of the eleventh chapter of the Gra’s sefer, Even Shlema. The Gra himself is in bold, the notes on the sefer itself, by Rabbi Shmuel Maltzin are in bold italics. My own thoughts follow in regular print. Chapter 11 – In the concepts of the Erev Rav and the…

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Shemos – Pride, self destruction, and redemption

Why is it necessary to ask Paroh to free the Jews? Why not just leave? Furthermore, why ask if he will just say no? Why is it that Paroh never heard of Hashem? Wasn’t he an expert in all the gods that existed? Why does Paroh punish the Jews by making them find their own…

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Moshiach, now?

The following comment was posted on the previous post: Please, Ari, please don’t fall into the trap of predicting a scary downfall of America. Just three months ago, I asked R. Chaim Kanievsky if I should move my family to E”Y. I was all excited about it. He replied that I cannot come without parnassah.…

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Pesach Podcast

The Pesach podcast is entitled ‘Blossoming Redemption,’ and discussed are the following questions. Why do we have the seder at night if the actual redemption happened during the day? Why is it important that Pesach is referred to as ‘Chag ha’aviv?’ Why does Pesach seem to be a climax of redemption, yet we see it…

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Seeds of redemption

Before Purim, someone shared a beautiful pshat with me in the name of the Chasam Sofer (I believe). If one goes back to the root of the miracle of Purim, we can trace the beginning stage to the party of Achashverosh that is described at the beginning of the story. During that party, the king…

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Moshiach's appointed time

ליל שימורים הוא לה’ להוציאם מארץ מצרים הוא הלילה הזה לה’ שימרים לכל בני ישראל לדורותם – A night of protection is it unto Hashem, to take them out of the land of Egypt, [such is] this night unto Hashem, protection for all of the children of Israel for all their generations. (Shemos 12:42) The…

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Bring my children from afar

I recently read an article on Israel National News about the aliyah of a number of Yemenite Jews due to the terrorism there. It brought to mind the passuk in Yeshaya (43:6), “אומר לצפון תני ולתימן אל תכלאי הביאי בני מרחוק ובנותי מקצה הארץ” – “Say to the North wind, give, and to the Southerly…

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Beshalach – Accessing the supernatural

Why are we specifically told to tell the story (lesaper) of the Exodus? Why was Moshe told not to Daven at Yam suf? How did the Jews survive if they were equally deserving of death because they too served idolatry? How do we tap into the world of the supernatural and miraculous? Find out in…

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Birthing Moshiach

The Geulah process is compared to the birth of a child, and the troubles we currently experience are the birthpangs – the difficulties that will be’H bring about the final redemption. I was recently thinking about some interesting parallels that this idea leads us to. For the last few months of pregnancy, the average baby…

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