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Rabbinic Quotations

Rabbi Avraham Lichtenstein, author of Kanfei Nesharim (1700s)

Jul 24 2012

Rabbi Avraham Lichtenstein was an eighteenth-century rabbi of Prassnysz, in the region of Plotzk, Poland, and author of Kanfei Nesharim. In his commentary Migdenos Avraham on Shir Hashirim 8:4, he says regarding the oaths:

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, the Ramchal (1707-1746)

Jul 22 2012

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto composed a prayer asking Hashem to look at the merit of the Jews who bear their exile and keep the oaths (The Book of 515 Prayers, number 168).

Rabbi Dovid Moshe Avraham Ashkenazi (early 1700s)

Jul 21 2012

Rabbi Dovid Moshe Avraham Ashkenazi, who lived in the time of the Baal Shem Tov, wrote a commentary on the Mechilta called Mirkeves Hamishneh.

Rabbi Chaim Ben Attar, the Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh (1696-1743)

Jul 20 2012

The Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh finds a reference to the oaths in the first Tochacha: “And I will scatter you among the nations, and I will draw out a sword after you; and your land will be desolate, and your cities waste” (Vayikra 26:32-33).

Rabbi Yaakov Sasportas, Rabbi of Amsterdam (1610-1698)

Jul 18 2012

Rabbi Yaakov Sasportas published a book called Tzitz Novel Tzvi about the Sabbatean movement and his reaction against it. The book has been republished many times in an abridged form, called Kitzur Tzitz Novel Tzvi.

The Be'er Hagolah (late 1600s)

Jul 17 2012

The Be’er Hagolah is a sefer written by an anonymous author in Amsterdam during the period of the Sabbatean movement (late 1600s).

Rabbi Mordechai Ha-Kohein, (c. 1605)

Jul 16 2012

The Shach on the Torah, in the name of the Shaarei Orah, explains that Yitzchok loved Esav because he saw that Yaakov’s children would one day sin and deserve to be punished in Gehinom.

Rabbi Avraham Azulai (1570-1643)

Jul 14 2012

The mekubal Rabbi Avraham Azulai, writes in his work Chesed L'avraham, Mayan 3 Nahar 22: "You must know that we have a tradition that on the day when moshiach will arrive in Eretz Yisroel with the ingathered Jews, he will find there seven thousand Jews.

Rabbi Shmuel Eidels, the Maharsha (1555-1631)

Jul 12 2012

Certainly every Jew is permitted to go up to Eretz Yisroel, but they must not go up with a strong hand and to build for themselves the walls of Jerusalem.

Rabbi Yishaya Horowitz, the Shelah Hakadosh (1565-1630)

Jul 10 2012

The Shelah Hakadosh says: Just as Yaakov used prayer, gifts and war, so do we approach Esav's descendants in our times. Our power is only through our mouth, to pray to Hashem in difficult times.

Rabbi Shlomo Ephraim Luntschitz, author of Kli Yakar (1550-1619)

Jul 09 2012

The Kli Yakar, in his work Ir Giborim, speaks about the lesson from the meeting of Yaakov and Esav that we must prepare ourselves with prayer, gifts and war.

Rabbi Yehuda Loew of Prague, the Maharal (1520-1609)

Jul 08 2012

The Midrash Rabbah on Shir Hashirim 2:7 begins: “I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem.” With what did He make them swear? Rabbi Eliezer says: He made them swear by heaven and earth.

Rabbi Chaim ben Betzalel, brother of the Maharal (c. 1600)

Jul 06 2012

Rabbi Chaim ben Betzalel writes (Sefer Hachaim, Chelek 5, Perek 6) that the current, fourth exile is similarly to “kadachas” (an illness characterized by high fever), which the body has to fight off completely in order to be immune from a future attack.

Rabbi Shmuel ben Yitzchak Yaffe Ashkenazi of Constantinople, author of Yefei Kol (1525-1595)

Jul 04 2012

The Midrash (Shir Hashirim Rabbah 2:7) tells us the reason for the oath against going up as a wall: “If so, why does the king moshiach have to come to gather the exiles of Israel?”

Rabbi Yitzchak Leon ben Eliezer ibn Tzur, author of Megillas Esther (1592)

Jul 02 2012

The Megillas Esther attempts to explain why the Rambam does not count living in Eretz Yisroel as one of the 613 mitzvos.

Rabbi Shmuel Aripol, talmid of the Mabit (c. 1585)

Jul 01 2012

Rabbi Shmuel Aripol wrote in his commentary Sar Shalom to Shir Hashirim 2:7:

Rabbi Don Yitzchak Abarbanel, Major Scriptural Commentator (1437-1508)

Jun 30 2012

“Avraham foresaw the length of this exile and the great misfortunes it brought, and he feared that his descendants would rise up to leave the exile before the time set by Hashem, just as the children of Ephraim left the Egyptian exile before the time, w

Rabbi Yitzchak Arama, author of Akeidas Yitzchak (1420-1494)

Jun 29 2012

"Let my master pass before his servant, and I will continue slowly, according to the work that is before me and according to the children, until I come to my master, to Seir" (Bereishis 33:14).

Rabbi Shlomo ben Shimon Duran, the Rashbash (1400-1467)

Jun 28 2012

"There is no doubt that living in Eretz Yisroel is a great mitzvah at all times, both during and after the time of the Temple, and my ancestor the Ramban (he was a sixth generation descendent of the Ramban) counted it as one of the mitzvos, as it says,

Rabbi Yitzchak ben Sheishes, the Rivash (1326-1408)

Jun 26 2012

In the course of a discussion about undertaking a journey to Eretz Yisroel that will involve violating Shabbos, the Rivash writes: "We have established that for a mitzvah one is permitted to depart even on a Friday, and there is no doubt that traveling