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The Foundation Stone“When the Holy One, blessed is He, created His world, He created it like an infant born from its mother. For a fetus born from the mother, begins from its navel and expands outward to all four directions so too, the Holy One, blessed is He, began to create the world from the Foundation Stone and from that, the entire world was established.” - Midrash Tanchuma – Pikudei #3

 

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Shavuot Hallel Paragraph VI Part Six Print E-mail
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The Joy of Torah“Bind the festival offering with cords until the corners of the Altar.” (Psalms 118:27) Please, God, bind our experiences of the Hallel to us, so that we can remained connected to Your Altar of Service, even after the Chag has ended. (Chiddushei HaRim)
 
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The Joy of Torah“Please, God, save now!” (Psalms 118:25) Save us now with redemption. “Bring success,” (Verse 26) so that we can use the Redemption to continue to grow and attach to You, and so we can thank You as one released from
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The Joy of Torah“I shall not die! But I shall live and relate the deeds of the Creator!” (Psalms 118:17)  It doesn’t begin with “I shall live!” It begins with, “I shall not die!” This reflects the words of the Zohar (Volume II 158b), “Torah can
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The Joy of Torah“God is with me. I have no fear. How can man affect me?” (Psalms 118:6) The Talmud (Berachot 60b) relates, “Our Rabbis taught: It once happened with Hillel the Elder that he was coming from a journey, and he
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The Joy of Torah“Give thanks to God for He is good; His kindness endures forever!” (Psalms 118:1) Rabbi Chaim Palagi (Chaim Larosh) compares this to the verse in Proverbs (27:14) that warns us that when we praise someone’s generosity
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The Joy of Torah“Give thanks to God for He is good; His kindness endures forever!” (Psalms 118:1) My principal in 1964, Rabbi Chaim Nussbaum zt”l, used to say that this verse immediately follows the previous paragraph that spoke
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The Joy of Torah“Praise God, all nations; praise Him, all the states! For His kindness has overwhelmed us, and the truth of God is eternal, Halleluyah!” (Psalm 117) We often experience the difficulty for truth and kindness to coexist. A
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The Joy of Torah“Praise God, all nations; praise Him, all the states! For His kindness has overwhelmed us, and the truth of God is eternal, Halleluyah!” (Psalm 117) We pray for the day when all the nations of the earth will acknowledge
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The Joy of Torah“Praise God, all nations; praise Him, all the states! For His kindness has overwhelmed us, and the truth of God is eternal, Halleluyah!” (Psalm 117) The Malbim (Psalm 100) explains that “Nations” refers to those who
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Joy of Torah“How can I repay God for all His kindness to me?” (Psalms 116:12) The Dalyot Yechezkail (Volume 2, Nitzutzei Ohr) compares us to a borrower who, unable to repay a loan, asks the lender for a loan to repay the first
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