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Maamar Shalosh Shevuos Siman 40

May 05 2016

[Now that we have established that all authorities, including the Rambam, agree that although moshiach will not make changes in the natural order of the world, he will display prophecy and other miraculous abilities, we proceed to analyze the Rambam’s n

Maamar Shalosh Shevuos Siman 38

Apr 05 2016

[In the previous siman, the Rebbe pointed out an apparent contradiction between two works of the Rambam.

Maamar Shalosh Shevuos Siman 37

Mar 29 2016

[In the previous three simanim, the Rebbe argued that since an oath cannot be imposed on unborn future generations, the Three Oaths are merely the Gemara’s way of stating the severity of a prohibition that existed already, without the oaths.

Maamar Shalosh Shevuos Siman 31

Nov 29 2015

In order to explain this entire subject, let me pose several more questions. First of all, why does the Rambam omit these oaths from his Mishneh Torah? They are stated in the Gemara without any dissenting opinion.

Maamar Shalosh Shevuos Siman 24

Aug 19 2015

Now I will explain the third oath, not to force the end. What exactly does this mean? Rashi says that “yidchaku” (force) comes from the word “dochak” (pressure): that the Jews should not pray too much for the end of exile.

What rishonim ruled on the oaths?

Dec 05 2012

Dear Rabbi,

You noted a number of poskim
who ruled on the oaths. I see they are all achoronim, and certainly great
scholars, all of them. However, do you know of any rishonim who ruled
halachically the same way?

What about the issur of lo sechanem?

Dec 05 2012

The Chazon Ish, who is quoted on your website today in an anti-zionist context, also wrote the following to R.

Didn't Rabbi Chaim Sonenfeld say that we can see the hand of G-d in Zionism?

Dec 05 2012

Regarding R. Chaim Sonnenfeld, zt"l, I found the following quote in a sefer about his life, on the subject of Zionism:

In a letter to his brother, Shmuel, in Czechoslovokia, dated Elul, 1903, R. Chaim wrote:

Why do you claim that the Rambam makes teshuva a prerequisite for geulah?

Dec 04 2012

You often write that the Rambam says moshiach will compel all Jews to do teshuva before the geulah can begin, and that therefore even if Zionism were to claim that a particular person is moshiach, they would not be permitted to establish their state and

Rabbi Chaim Elazar Shapiro, Munkaczer Rebbe, author of Minchas Elazar (1871-1937)

Oct 15 2012

After the sin of the spies, the Torah tells us that some Jews tried to invade Eretz Yisroel against the command of Hashem: "And they awoke early in the morning, and they ascended to the mountaintop, saying, "Here we are, and we will go up to the place o

Living in Chutz Laaretz is a Chillul Hashem

Sep 10 2012

Dear Rabbi,

LIVING in Chutz laaretz is a great Chliull hashem.

And this is what the Naavi says chapter yehezkel 36 verses 20.21

How does Zionism contrast with what the messiah will do?

Sep 07 2012

In one of your responses, you said that zionism is an attempt to return
the Jewish kindom on our own, without waiting for the Messiah.

A Response to Rabbi Shlomo Aviner's Booklet on the Three Oaths

Aug 30 2012

Hi Rabbi, one more e-mail. I wouldn't even know how to respond to the attached article, Do Not Ascend Like a Wall, by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner. He gives 13 reasons why the Three Oaths don't apply to the State of Israel.

Doesn't the Rambam's omission of the oaths show that he did not consider them halacha?

Aug 30 2012

I am having an e-mail correspondence with a Rabbi I know in Los Angeles concerning the Three Oaths, and he raised the following argument:

A Response to Rabbi Gil Student

Aug 29 2012

Fyi, in Shul today, someone brought to my attention a 35 page essay written by Rabbi Gil Student. It was taken off of his blog (title of blog is