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Firstly, there is a fascinating philosophical point that relates to this question. Maharal (Gur Aryeh to Shemot 1:15) points out that neither Yocheved, nor Amram's names were mentioned prior to Moshe's birth because Moshe was destined for this role from when G-d created the world. Had their names been mentioned, argues Maharal, it might cause people to think ...


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As much as I enjoyed looking at the lights in the end of December growing up out of town, Rav Avigdor Miller isn't too keen on the idea to say the least: It’s very wrong to admire anything that is in any way connected to avodah zarah. Of course not! תזרם כמו דוה – “You should throw it away like something that is unclean” (Yeshai’ah 30:22). It’s disgusting. ...


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