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The Ramchal in Da'as Tevunos (Simanim 40 and 142) understands this to be a symptom of the hester panim, the hiding of Hashem's presence, that coincided (resulted?) from the destruction of the Beis HaMikdosh. It is an expression of the relationship between the general quality of life in the world and the expression of Hashem's presence in the world. When ...


There are many different opinions as to when to place the book of Job. The opinion that Elihu is Yitzhak is different from the opinion that he was an advisor to Pharaoh.


Since the days of Hurkanus and Aristoblus, Rome ruled over Eretz Yisroel. The kings were completely answerable to the Romans. See Bava Basra 4 where Hurdus had to get Roman approval for renovating the Beis Hamikdash.


Note Rav Hirsch translates נֹפֶלֶת as "to waste" while Art Scroll translates it as to collapse. The chabad web site translates it as "rupture". This seems to be a sudden set of spasms that would cause the thigh muscles to collapse. The initial description seems to imply convulsions. Rambam Hilchos Sotah Chapter three seems to say that her belly swells (as ...


Possibly the point of the upward flow was to make the pillar of water visible to all the inhabitants of Canaan. This is similar to requirement that the Jews leave Egypt during the day to demonstrate the powerlessness of the Egyptians.


The seffer Chasdei David is a pirush on Tosefta. Here http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=19306&st=&pgnum=311 he explains first of all that the impact a tzadik has is to both alleviate problems and bring blessing. He goes on to explain and bring proofs to this. Towards the end of the piece he addresses the fact that even though there was no ...


Three suggestions (none are perfect, or well sourced): Really, Jacob's merits should have prevented the famine, but God "overrode" the normal course of merit-working in order to make sure that Jacob and his family would descend to Egypt. (This is similar to the suggestion that you've heard, but I believe that saying it this way solves the issue of reading ...

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