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I It could be that this dispute between the rishonim speaks to a fundamental difference about what it is people are meant to accomplish in life. The Rambam’s navi is fully integrated on physical, intellectual and spiritual levels, and therefore can “see”…
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Seems like a silly question: G-d is the Absolute Infinite. No? Actually, it’s not clear Hashem is infinite, as that would be a positive attribute of G-d. Aristotle did not believe in the possibility of an actual infinity, a completed set of infinite size.…
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Shurat haDin — Israel Law Center finally demonstrated what Jewish Facebook users have felt anecdotally, that Facebooks’s dread of catering to Islamophobia has them underenforcing their own rules of appopriate content when posted by an Arab or Muslim…
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I posted on FB:
The choice is simple: Do we stand with Israel, or are we a bunch of social media addicts?


The post garnered likes, but those very same people stayed on and continued to give FB hundreds or thousands of views to report to advertisers.
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וַיֵּשֶׁב יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מְגוּרֵי אָבִיו בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן: “Yaaqov was living in the land where his father visited, in the land of Kenaan” – G-d, Bereishis 37:1 רש״י: … ועוד נדרש בו, וישב יעקב, ביקש יעקב לישב בשלוה קפץ עליו רוגזו של יוסף, צדיקים מבקשים…
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Back in 2007, I posted 7 answers to the question of why we treat Torah law and rabbinic law differently. In particular, we are lenient when in doubt about a rabbinic law (safeiq derabbanan lahaqeil) but are stringent when it comes to Torah law (safeiq…
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The whole question of time sequence in either description is questionable. Time itself was something created, and thus some rishonim (including the Rambam, Moreh Nevuchim 1:30) understand chapter 1 (at least, perhaps ch. 2 as well) as discussing a logical…
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Does Yahadus view the value of a human life to be very large, or actually infinite? There are famously three prohibitions that one must avoid even at the cost of one’s life even outside the context of an active campaign against Yahadus or the Jewish…
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Chamushim
BY MICHA · ה׳ בשבט תשע״ו – THU, JAN 14, 2016

(This devar Torah is unchanged from 6 years ago. I am just re-posting it because I am a proud daddy and Opa.)

Someone showed me the following idea in the Be’er Yoseif by Rav Yoseif Zvi Salant.

וַיַּסֵּ֨ב אֱ-לֹהִ֧ים ׀ אֶת־הָעָ֛ם דֶּ֥רֶךְ הַמִּדְבָּ֖ר יַם־ס֑וּף וַֽחֲמֻשִׁ֛ים עָל֥וּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרָֽיִם׃

– שמות יג:יח

ואסחר ה’ ית עמא אורח מדברא לימא דסוף ומזרזין סליקו בני ישראל מארעא דמצרים:

– תרגום אונקלות, שם

… בעבדא טבא …

– תרגום ירושלמי, שם

… אחד מחמשה:

– תנחומה (וורשה א׳), מכילתא דרבי ישמעאל
ואחזר ה’ ית עמא אורח מדברא דימא דסוף וכל חד עם חמשא טפלין סליקו בני ישראל מארעא דמצרים:

– תרגום יונתן

Hashem brought the nation around, via the path of the desert, the Red Sea; and the Children of Israel arose chamushim (to be defined) from the Land of Egypt.

– Shemos 13:8

.. and the Jews enthusiastically departed from the Land of Egypt.

– Targum Unqelus (ad loc)

… with good deeds…

– Jerusalem Targum (ad loc)

… one in five.

-Tanchuma (Warsaw ed. #1), Mechilta

… and the Jews departed with five infants from the Land of Egypt.

– Targum Yonasan (ad loc)

Rashi defines “chamushim as “armed”, which underlies the Targumim of Unqelus and Yerushalmi. Armed in a spiritual sense, prepared with good deeds.

Another definition would be from chameish, five, leading to the medrash concluding that only 1/5 of the Jewish were saved from Egypt. Rashi adds that the other 4/5 of the population died in Egypt during the plague of darkness. These were the people who didn’t merit redemption; those who believed in the Egyptian paganism and wanted to stay.

Deriving chamushim from the number five is also the point of departure for the Targum Yonsan’s “departed with five infants.” But the medrash on Shemos, describing the Egypt experience, told us that we had six children at a time. How then can the Targum Yonasan here mean that every Jew left with five children, as though this smaller number is something that should impress us? The Be’er Yoseif therefore believes the naive read of the Targum Yonasan is incorrect.

Instead, the Be’er Yoseif explains all these targumim in light of each other. The word chamushim was chosen not despite the ambiguity, but because of all its connotations.

Four fifths of the Jewish people died rather than being saved. But what about their children? The youth didn’t deserve death, even if they agreed with their parents — as children, they aren’t accountable or punishable for their crimes. The Be’er Yoseif explains that this means that each of the 600,000 men left Egypt had to have left with five families of children — his own, and those of four families left orphaned by this punishment. Far more than the six-at-a-time that were born to them.

This is not only the intent of the Targum Yonasan, but also, raising others’ children the “good deeds” of the Jerusalem Targum, as well as the “zerizus“, the enthusiasm, of the Targum Unqelus. They were prepared and surrounded by the mitzvah of taking in these children in need.

Today we think of adoption as something someone does when they r”l can’t have children of their own. However, in light of this devar Torah, we see that this mitzvah played a central role in defining us as a people. According to the Be’er Yosef, it is the merit of adopting orphans that rendered us ready for the redemption from Egypt!
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“And Aharon stretched out his hand over the water of Egypt, and the frog came up and covered the land of Egypt…. And Pare’oh called to Moshe and to Aharon and said, ‘Plea to Hashem, that He take away the frogs from me and my people….’”[1] Rashi on our…
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There isn’t much I can say about the life of Aliza Kayla bas Mikhah Shemuel. She was born the first day chol hamo’ed Sukkos. I don’t think she wanted to… Kayli spent the first days of Sukkos getting herself as far from out of there as possible, and she…
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The Jewish People have been invited to the wedding of Ariel Bigel to Sarah Tichyeh Litman! Binyanei haUmah, Jerusalem at 10:30 pm tomorrow (Thursday, November 26th, 2015) Yaakov Litman Hy”d, the kalah’s father, and Netanel Litman Hy”d, her brother, were…
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וַיְבִאֶהָ יִצְחָק הָאֹהֱלָה שָׂרָה אִמּוֹ וַיִּקַּח אֶת רִבְקָה וַתְּהִי לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה וַיֶּאֱהָבֶהָ וַיִּנָּחֵם יִצְחָק אַחֲרֵי אִמּוֹ. And Yitzchak brought her to his mother Sarah’s tent, and he wedded Rivqah and she became a wife for him and he loved…
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(That picture is of R' Avraham Elya Kaplan, someone I dream of being more like; not me.)

I have biographical info on my speaker's resume, take a look there.

If you're looking for the first person to join AishDas, the Rabbi Micha Berger involved in the Mussar institue, or the father of 10 children, that's likely me. If you're looking for someone else, why not drop me a line? I would be fascinated to hear about any other "Micha Berger"s!
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