The world was created with ten utterances. What does this come to teach us? Certainly, it could have been created with a single utterance. However, this is in order to make the wicked accountable for destroying a world that was created with ten utterances, and to reward the righteous for sustaining a world that was created with ten utterances. (Ethics of Our Fathers ch.5:1)
Shimon the Righteous was among the last surviving members of the Great assembly. He would say: The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of God, and deeds of kindness. (Ethics of Our Fathers 1:2)
This Talmud class explores Talmudic principle of 'Migo', a logic often employed by the court to ascertain the veracity of a claim. We analyze a real case of litigation that presented a dilemma to Rabbi Ami, wherein only one witness was produced to verify the claim. The sages examine if this is similar to the famous case of Rabbi Abba’s silver ingot.
In this lesson we continue in the first blessing of the Shema and cover the first paragraph, which begins with the words ‘Hameir LaAretz. We examine the multifaceted nature of creation that emanates from God’s attributes, whilst He himself transcends it all.
The central prayer of Shema Yisrael (Hear O’ Israel…God Is One) begins with the essential statement of Jewish faith, wherein we proclaim our absolute belief in one unified God. Discover profound insight into how the Shema stands at the epicenter of our existence and ultimately encapsulates our historical experience at Sinai.
In this portion, Moses takes a census of the Jewish people without directly counting any of them. Why do we not count each other directly and what are the practical applications for this mitzvah today?