A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Borrowing God’s Name to Respect Humans

A small group of TorahTutors students concluded their study of Mishna Berachot with a series of rules in mishna 9:5, including the concept of invoking God’s Name when greeting others. Though this practice could be said to disrespect the Divine, the mishna finds precedents in Boaz’s greeting to the harvesters he passed (“God is with…

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A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Free Will and Divine Foreknowledge

After several weeks of Tuesday holidays, TuesdayTorahTutorsTidbits are back with more real Torah from real TorahTutors sessions. A TorahTutors student learned that Chizkuni raises a question he thinks answers itself: “One should not question and say, ‘Since everything is disclosed before Him, how could He create [Man] to sin?’ Behold, fear of Heaven is not…

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A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Listening to Parents…and to God

A TorahTutors student explored the limits of comparisons and of obedience. The Gemara (Bava Metzia 32a) notes a tradition that the mitzvah of honoring one’s parents is on par with the responsibility to honor God. (This tradition is rooted in a comparison between the verses “Honor your father and mother” (Shemot 20:11) and “Honor God…

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