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Crying when it matters

The pasuk (26:7) reports our crying out to HaShem during the slavery in Egypt. However, the pasuk does not say that HaShem heard our prayers, but rather ‘HaShem heard our voices.’

The Chofetz Chaim remarks from here that it is the ‘mere’ crying out in times of trouble/danger that…

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Physical reward?

Every time reward (and punishment) appears in the Torah, they are always stated in physical form. For example, if we are good then the Torah promises rain in its correct time, good crops, etc. Why does the Torah not speak about the real reward for keeping mitzvos; Olam Haba? The…

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Two extremes

Our sedra is one for those with ‘moodswings!’ It opens with the simcha-filled bikkurim; ‘and you shall rejoice at all the good that HaShem has given to you… (26;11),’ and the opening word of the sedra (‘vehaya’) means simcha [1]. Later on in the sedra, however, we have the curses…

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