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With regard to taking God's name in vain, the Chinuch (Mitzva 30) goes into great detail why it's forbidden, but basically 1) swearing unnecessarily in God's name shows that you have no respect or fear for the Master of the universe (and all the other attributes the Names of God encompass) 2) swearing falsely in God's name is forbidden because God is Emes ...


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From the Baal Hatanya's Haggadah: ויכוון, שהכוס הוא סוד המלכות, ושופך מהיין שבתוכו סוד האף והזעם שבה על ידי כח הבינה לתוך כלי שבור סוד הקליפה שנקראת ארור One should have in mind that the cup represents sod hamalchut (the secret of sovereignty), and the wine that is being poured into the broken vessel represents the secret of anger and ...


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Rivivos Efraim Orach Chaim 2 - 137 attributes this Minhag to the Baal Kneses HaGedola 261 with the following two reasons. One is not to drink wine that the name of the Makos were mentioned on. Also since it is disgusting since he dipped his finger into it. Sefer Mekorei Minhagim - 44 mentions this in the name of the Arizal.


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I wonder whether perhaps it's related to the fact that idolatry was rampant in those times (the urge towards it was abolished early in the Second Temple period, at the urgent request of the Anshei Knesses Hagedolah - Yoma 69b and Sanhedrin 64a). We find that some idolatrous ceremonies involved putting one's children in danger, or even killing them, G-d ...


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http://home.earthlink.net/~bnahman/Alhambra_Decree_Abrabanels_Answer.htm http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/654739/jewish/Is-there-a-ban-on-living-in-Spain.htm Thess links confirm that there was no curse on Jews returning to Spain.


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Among the midrashim we find several opinions as to why Noach cursed K'naan. Here's a few: Hashem had already blessed Noach and his sons (9:1) and a curse cannot exist while the blessing stands. He thus could not curse Cham (the actual perpetrator) and cursed his grandson K'naan instead. (Bereshis Rabbah 36:11; R' Yehuda) [As to why K'naan instead of Cham's ...


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Bavli Sotah 46b-47a describes this incident in more detail. R. Yochanan said in the name of Meir that whoever does not escort others or allow himself to be escorted, it as if he shed blood, for if the men of Jericho had escorted Elisha, he would not have stirred up the bears. The g'mara then goes on to explain the incident. First, who are the "little ...


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The Minchas Elazar (Shu"t Minchas Elazar 1:66) discusses this case, and suggests as follows: For Parshas Bechukosai, where the curses are closer to the beginning of the Parsha, the Baal Koreh can get Cohen, and read until after the curses. For Parshas Ki Savo, where the curses are closer to the end of the Parsha, they should make the earlier Aliyos ...


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The Talmud, in discussing Iyov (Bava Basra 16b), quotes Rava: אין אדם נתפס בשעת צערו A person is not liable (lit. trapped) [for what he says] during a moment of pain.


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The Sefer Ginzie Yosef gives an amazing answer from Kadmonim It says in the Medrash that why was Rivkah unable to have a child? The Medrash answers so people should not say that Lavan's Bracha came true and therefore she had children. This Illustrates an important point that the *The blessing of a wicked man is really a curse*and now we understand Billam's ...


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Not to split hairs on the horrific nature of that particular curse and the horrific nature of events that occurred during the period of the destruction of the Beith HaMikdash and the Holocaust and the many times in history when we have been made to suffer. But I think you are making a leap from one horror spelled out in the Pasuk to another horror that you ...


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Daas Z'kenim mibaale hatosafos (ad loc.) cites a midrash that says that K'naan overheard the announcement in verse 22, and went and sodomized Noach. (Cham himself, according to this midrash, did nothing wrong except speak of his father disparagingly and in public.) Verse 24 refers, then, to a grandson as "son" (not uncommon, and makes more sense here than ...


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It probably refers to Edom, who is described in the last verse. In that verse, our salvation from Edom is written in future tense, as a prayer. It may instead refer collectively to all 5 exiles described in the song, of which Edom is the last. After our final redemption, we will dedicate the 3rd beit hamikdash. I don't think it refers to each exile ...


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Bilaam had free will - but he also had a heightened awareness of Gcd's presence. As a prophet he was acutely aware of Gcd's ability to punish; and he even got a "refresher course" on his journey, in the episode with his talking donkey. Compare it to this: You find a perfect spot to park - but it's there's a no-parking sign and a policeman standing nearby. ...


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Blessings have an effect. For example Kaddish takes the Neshama out of Gehenam and it raises Neshamot in Gan Eden to higher places (Shaar HaGilgulim Hk. 14). HaRav Musafi writes in his Sefer (Shivat Sion) that when someone says Hashkava for someone after the first year of their death it can Has WeShalom have a negative effect and may Has Weshalom lead to ...


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(I'm adding a possible answer to my own question...) I have googled and found this logical statement in regard to animals eating their young: "If there are too many animals in a limited area, the whole group may die out, due to too little food being available. If many of the animals die, the food supply goes further and the survivors can produce young when ...


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by the sound of it and going through those stories we may say that desperate times call for desperate measures but even then they have limits, a typical mother would emplace her own life than ever eat the flesh of her own child, yet even then the sins of the times were so great tat they brought about such chaos. you can look at it as a possessed being, ...


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I think this is a question is Philosophical more than practical but here is a practical answer bordering on Philosophical .It says Hashem looked into the Torah and created the world that is the Torah establishes reality. Meaning if it says in the Torah it will happen than that is the reality and Hence it happened and is possible for Jewish people since the ...



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