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Supplement to Episode 55

1) I stated in the podcast that the walls of Jerusalem were beached on the 17th of Tammuz.  All agree that this is commemorated on this day, but the actual date of the breach is somewhat unclear.  Jeremiah (39:2) seems to set the date on the 9th of Tammuz, while the Mishnah in Taanis says the…

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Supplement to Episode 50

1) One of the primary themes discussed in episode 50 was that the reality of physical space allows spiritually “distant” concepts to come into close contact with each other.  So, a person who does physical mitzvahs can connect to a much deeper level of spirituality by doing physical actions than he could through purely spiritual meditations….

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Supplement to Episode 32

In this episode we discussed how the right hand is primary and represents kindness which is why in Jewish law we generally prioritize the right side before the left. Another interesting expression of this is in Hebrew writing. The 3rd Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel, known as the Temach Tzedek, writes that the reason why…

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