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It's not a contradiction. The second part is a clause which comes in to effect should the first law be violated. It's like the Rambam says: You're not allowed to substitute an animal for one which has already been consecrated. If you do, the original animal is consecrated, and the animal which was substituted is also regarded as consecrated. As the ...


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Medication helps an ADHD patient just like glasses help a nearsighted patient. (I don't remember where I first saw this metaphor. Probably it was while reading My Brain Still Needs Glasses.) Should a nearsighted individual remove his glasses so as to make Torah study more difficult and so as to increase his eventual reward? No. He should wear his glasses, ...


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R. Heshel of Cracow (the teacher of the Shach), in Chanukas Hatorah, explains this based on the Midrash (Vayikra Rabbah 27:5), that when it says "G-d looks after the pursued" (Eccles. 3:15) it means "even if a righteous person is persecuting a wicked one, G-d takes the side of the wicked person." So here, if the Jews are being pursued by their enemies, then ...


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Long before it was actually destroyed, it was looted. The prophet Jeremiah kept knocking heads with the Jewish people about the Temple. For them it was "the pride of their stubbornness" -- well by golly if we still have the Temple standing, everything is going to be okay. Once the Temple was looted, that broke people's attitudes towards it as their ...


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In the Torah periodical ישורון for Kislev 5767, in an article on "Derashat haRamban - Torat Hashem Temimah", on page 38-9 (and specifically in footnote 14) Rav Yaakov Yehuda Zilberlicht discusses what Ramban is referring to by ספר הרומאים (The Book of the Romans). Possibilities that he raises: It is obvious that Ramban is referring to a Roman history book, ...


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Rashi explains that no one will chase you because you will be weak. The implication is that there is a superior enemy to fear (as is written in the same verse) and good reason to run. But the only reason why an army would bother to give chase is they fear the other side will regroup and retaliate. G-d is saying that your enemies will not need to worry ...


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The Sifra says (B'chukosai 1:8): שמא תאמרו הרי מאכל והרי משתה אם אין שלום אין כלום ת"ל ונתתי שלום בארץ מגיד שהשלום שקול כנגד הכל וכן הוא אומר עושה שלום ובורא רע מגיד שהשלום שקול כנגד הכל Translation: Lest you say [after reading the blessings of abundance mentioned in Vayikra 26:4-5], "There is food, there is drink, but if there is no peace, there ...


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Although man has free will, God has a world plan and one way or another his plan will succeed. Similarly God has set into Creation that just as scientific laws must not be violated, so too the laws of the Torah are inviolable. With regards to shmittah the land must rest either through the choice of those in the land of Israel or through some other means... ...


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See Kitzur Shulchan ARuch 78:4. When I read this paragraph, he lists other places in the Torah where we should read certain verses quietly. (BTW, he does not mention "quickly" anywhwere, so I'm uncertain when / how speed became a factor.) Excerpting the parts relevant to your question: וגם הקללות שבפרשת בחקתי ופרשת כי תבא קורין בקול נמוך ואת הפסוק ...


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When speaking of the effect that people have on nature as a result of activities, we often use anthropomorfication as a method of expressing the viewpoint. For example, we have the reference to the land "vomiting out" its inhabitants when abominations are performed in it. Similarly, when shemittah is not adhered to, the spiritual nature of the land is ...


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See the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן עח - הלכות קריאת ספר תורה in סעיף ד where he mentions all instances of where the Ba'al Kri'ah (Torah reader) needs to lower his voice. Regarding Bechukosai he says: גַם הַקְּלָלוֹת שֶׁבְּפָּרָשַׁת בְּחֻקֹּתַי וּפָרָשַׁת כִּי תָבֹא קוֹרִין בְּקוֹל נָמוּךְ. וְאֶת הַפָּסוּק וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת בְּרִיתִי יַעֲקֹב קוֹרִין ...


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To provide an answer specific to Shemita: Kli Yakar's commentary to Vayikra 25:2, after explaining that the purpose of Shemita is to entrench firm emunah in the Jewish people, and the failure to observe it's laws results in a lack of Emunah וגם הארץ עצמה תקפיד על זה מאד כי רצונה שיתגלגל זכות זה על ידה לחזק האמונה בה' על ידה, ועוד שעל ידי זה יאמינו כי ...



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