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In many Mitzvos we are told to do it since Hashem took us out of Mitzraim. This is not a direct train for this particular Mitzva but it is a region why we must adhere to Hashem. We are His slaves now. However, being that this comes in the place of the earlier 'In six days...' this suggests that it is in some way a reasoning for the Mitzva. Shabbos is our ...


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The Shela Hakadosh wrote a commentary on the Torah which has three parts. First is on the practical understanding, second is a Kabbalistic explanation, and third is Mussar. So we see that the Mussar approach doesn't contradict the Kabbalistic one. The Ramban as well gives multiple reasons for one Mitzvah.


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According to Dayan Grunfeld's lengthy introduction to Horeb (pp. cxx-cxxix), R' Hirsch's approach to mitzvos starts from notes in the margins of his Zohar. (I spoke to an eye-witness of those notes, who saw them when RSRH's Zohar was auctioned off in 2008.) The difference is that to Rav Hirsch, the Zohar speaks in metaphor, not of metaphysical ontologies. ...


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Kabbalistically, the levels of atzilus, beriah, yetzirah and asiyah exist in all levels of abi'a. I.e. there are levels even in asiyah that are impenetrable to us. So the Rambam is asiyah she'beasiyah looking towards atzilus she'beasiyah. Whereas kabbala is atzilus looking towards asiyah. Therefore they traverse different dimensions and are not ...


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Your conception, that the two schools of thought you enumerate (if you can call it that) are at odds with each other is not accurate. Both the written Torah and it's complete explanation, meaning all parts of the oral Torah, were given to Moshe at Sinai. In the Mechilta on Yitro, Rabbi Akiva says the entire Torah (everything that is contained in both the ...


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Written Torah is clear that the marriage is only if the woman and her father want that.(Shemot 22:17) This is because not all rapes are rapes. Some "rapes" are crimes of passion, similar to Shechem and Dinah incident. The passage in Devarim 22:19 does not mention the father which is why some people think that Torah forces women to marry their rapists.



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