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God's further comments in Genesis 17 and 21 clarify that Isaac is the sole descendant who would be the bearer of the covenant. (See, for example, 21:12 and 17:19-21.)


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The English term for this tool is an entrenching tool. Here it is described as standard issue gear for a paratrooper in the IDF. As far as I know, it is pretty standard, when required, for soldiers in most any modern army. I suppose we could speculate if the Torah requires a soldier to carry one even if it isn't technically needed (just in case ...) or if ...


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Besides the main issue of God's explicit identification of Isaac for this inheritance, already conveyed in DoubleAA's answer, note that Islam is a belief system whose creation came way after the events described in Genesis, and one that doesn't have any special status in Judaism. Therefore, it's impossible that Judaism would consider the subject of verses in ...


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Here is a posting giving the reason that the Rebbe stated. Why didn't the Rebbe ever visit Israel? by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg [It is important to note that since the Rebbe took leadership of the Chabad movement in 1951, he never took a day off, and never traveled outside of New York.] There are several possible reasons for why the Rebbe never ...


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In the fall of 1911 (early 5572), Rabbi Shalom DovBer of Lubavitch sent Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Havlin along with seven students to establish the "Torat Emet" yeshiva in Hebron, Israel. Before Pesach that year, among their correspondences, the Rebbe Rashab advised Rabbi Havlin regarding how he and the original students should conduct themselves with the Pesach ...


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In Shmuel 1 chapter 8 vs 6 Rashi explains that the problem with the request wasthe fact that they said 'to rule over us like all the nations'. The Radak there explains that it was apparent they made their request as a complaint, not that they were looking to be mikayem the mitzvah of appointing a king. See here Why did the people want a king? the first ...


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Rashi on Breishit 26:2 (@Yez is correct). Summarizing Rashi and Sifsei Chachamim's emmendations - Yitzhak was considered as a sacrifice (which, he was from the akieda). Sifsei Chachamim says he was considered Kodesh Kadashim ("most holy") and such sacrifices were not allowd to be taken out of the azarah. The entire land of Israel was considered the azara at ...


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http://ns6t.net/azimuth/ creates Azimuthal Equidistant Projections for any point. Set Location as Jerusalem, and Distance as about 20,000.


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You have a bit of selection bias going on here - you're in 2014 and wondering why a single Jewish community hasn't moved from the USA to Israel. Since 1948, a significant number of Jewish communities from around the world (Ethiopia, Yemen, Morocco, Syria, Iraq, Russia, Poland, Romania), have all moved en-masse to Israel. Perhaps you should be asking why so ...


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“In the future, the sons of Yishmael will return to the Holy Land when it was vacant from inhabitants for much time, and they will prevent Yisrael from returning to their land until that merit of the sons of Yishmael expires. At a certain time, the sons of Yishmael will be roused to wage brazen battles in the world. The sons of Edom will gather together and ...


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There is a spot on a mountain slope in the Western Golan region of Israel, right next to the border with Lebanon. It is called Mount Betarim , and there are various sources to suggest that this is where the "Covenant Between the Parts" really happened. The Kabbalists of Tzfat used to make a pilgrimmage to Mount Betarim, some time around Parshat Lech Lecha. ...


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I think the answer to this question lies in how Shmuel chose to rebuke the nation. In chapter 12, Shmuel recaps the mistake that the Jewish people have made in requesting a king. In verse 17, he tells them the following: הֲלוֹא קְצִיר-חִטִּים, הַיּוֹם--אֶקְרָא אֶל-יְהוָה, וְיִתֵּן קֹלוֹת וּמָטָר; וּדְעוּ וּרְאוּ, כִּי-רָעַתְכֶם רַבָּה אֲשֶׁר עֲשִׂיתֶם ...


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Rabbi Shlomo Halbertal Shlita concludes that Shmita applies in Jordan also. However only in the western part is it a Biblical obligation. In the Eastern part it is Midrabanan. שרק בעבר הירדן המערבי – שבו שייכת קדושת השכינה כדברי התשב'ץ – שייכת מצות השביעית במלוא חובתה – מדאורייתא, מה שאין כן בעבר הירדן המזרחי – שביעית דרבנן


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The author is probably referring to certain areas adjacent to Eretz Yisrael, and possibly to Suria (some part of modern day Syria) that share some of the "laws of the land", however they have a lesser level of kedushah and not all stringencies were applied to them. These are mentioned throughout the Mishna in Seder Zeraim. Within Eretz Yisrael proper, there ...


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The question is a matter of Machlokes in Rishonim on the relevant Pesukim. I believe the Ibn Ezra (Just checked, and it isn't him, but I saw it somewhere, I'll check around, B"N) takes the position that the Bris Bein HaBesarim is dated 430 years before the Jews left Mitzrayim. According to that, Avraham's first revelation was while in Charan. (If the 400 ...


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The underlying theoretical justification - Pikuach Nefesh, saving lives by preventing attacks - is where it would come from. Whether or not this behavior accomplishes that in this context is another matter. The most interesting aspect of the question is if the victim of the "Price-Tag" attack is decidedly not an aggressor, just happens to be in the same ...


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Rashi means to say that the Leviim were not killed over the forty years. It often happens that Rashi will quote the 'wrong' pasuk to simplify his point; what he is really referring to is the count at the beginning of Sefer Bamidbar, where indeed the count is described as a census of soldiers (or יוצא צבא "those who go out with the army"). This is evident ...


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Observing 1 day Yom Tov for the Shalosh Regalim (Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot-Shmini Atzeret).


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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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Rav Ovadia Yosef originally supported the Oslo Accords due to pikuach nefesh - Rabin and his generals told him it would save lives. Later on after seeing the results - over 3000 Jews murdered and thousands more maimed - he changed his position.


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In his own words (on video) here in Hebrew with English subtitles (the second half of the video). He states two reasons. 1) Lack of solid Halachic authority to return if he did go to visit, and decreased influence over American Jews and newly arriving Jewish immigrants to America if he stayed in Israel permanently. 2) Concern about sending a message to ...


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they have a temporary merit in Israel as the zohar says (Zohar Shemot 32A) God distanced the children of Ishmael from supernal cleaving and gave them [only] a portion below in the Holy Land on account of their circumcision. And in the future, the children of Ishmael are destined to rule over the Holy Land for a long time when it is empty from ...


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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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As I write in my upcoming book Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, and Hebrew: His slightly younger colleague, Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (1534–1572), also known as Arizal, is said to have been careful to exclusively speak Lashon HaKodesh on the Sabbath, and only use foreign languages as needed to clarify elaborate Torah-related complexities. Source: Pri Eitz ...


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The beautiful (in my opinion) Koren Birkon contains the "Harachaman"s for both the State of Israel and the Israeli Defense Forces. Here's a photo of the page that has them:


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I would suggest a different understanding of the word 'partnership'. The Chochmas Shlomo writes in his gloss on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat siman 369 "a king who rules the entire world is not applicable the laws of dinei dimalchusa, for how can he say that he doesn't want to live in his land, all the lands are his! Should he fly in the air?" We find that ...


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The Rosh In Yevamos 6:12 writes that the bris ben habsarim took place when Avraham Avinu was 70 and was in Eretz Yisrael. He then went back to charan and left again at the age of 75(parshas lech lecha).


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No, the government does not ensure that terumot and maasrot are taken. Stands with a teudah are ensured by the Rabbanut. I read in a guide for Anglos in Israel that in a case such as this where there is a doubt if the produce had been tithed, the tithes should be separated (again) without the accompanying blessings. As for tasting food at a shuk, I've ...


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From: THE PROHIBITION OF RIBBIT IN THE MODERN WORLD WHAT IS THE HETER ISKA? Halakha makes use of "evasions" of the law in various different realms. The idea of the heter iska arose already in the seventeenth century, and expanded to enormous proportions over the last hundred years, despite its inherent halakhic difficulties. How does heter iska ...



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