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…

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…

A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Blessing Over the Bad (and Other Concepts Found in Shema)

A small group of TorahTutors students finished off the last mishna in Brachot, including its interpretations of several clauses repeated multiple times in daily prayers (and found in this week’s Torah portion, Devarim 6:5). This mishna raises a number of questions, from the textual to the theological. Some of the questions these students addressed with…