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Rabbinic Quotations

Rabbi Yehuda ben Maharam Chalava (1300's)

Jun 22 2012

Rabbi Yehuda ben Maharam Chalava comments on Yaakov Avinu’s three preparations for meeting Esav: “What happened to Yaakov with Esav will happen to us in all generations, and we must prepare ourselves with prayer and gifts, but not with war.

Rabbi Yishaya ben Eliyahu di Trani (c. 1300)

Jun 20 2012

Rabbi Yishaya ben Eliyahu di Trani codifies the halachos of living in Eretz Yisroel as follows: "A man should rather live in Eretz Yisroel, even in a city of mostly gentiles, than outside the Land, even in a city of mostly Jews, for whoever lives in Ere

Rabbeinu Bachya ben Asher, major commentator on the Torah (c. 1340)

Jun 19 2012

Rabbeinu Bachya ben Asher writes at the beginning of Vayishlach: We must follow in the footsteps of the Avos and prepare ourselves to approach the gentiles with gifts, with soft speech and with prayer before Hashem.

Rabbi Yehoshua ibn Shuaib, student of the Rashba (1280-1340)

Jun 18 2012

"I have adjured you..." (Shir Hashirim 2:7) The prophet says that G-d made them swear in Egypt not to force the end.

Rabbi Moshe Ben Nachman, the Ramban (1194-1270)

Jun 17 2012

The Ramban holds that permission granted by a gentile government for Jews to return to Eretz Yisroel does not nullify the oaths. In his Sefer Hageulah, end of Shaar 1 (p.

Rabbi Elazar Rokeach of Worms, the Rokeach (1176-1238)

Jun 16 2012

The Rokeach in his commentary on Shir Hashirim speaks about the oaths and offers two new explanations of the word “bitzvaos.” 1) It means that Hashem made the Jewish people swear by Tzevaos, one of His holy names.

Rabbi Avraham, son of the Rambam (1186-1237)

Jun 14 2012

Rabbi Avraham, son of the Rambam, writes in the Sefer Hamaspik Leovdei Hashem (Maamar Habitachon) about the trust a Jew must have in Hashem.

Maimonides, the Rambam (1135-1204)

Jun 12 2012

We find in Sefer Daniel (11:14): "And the wicked among your people will rise up to actualize a vision, but they will stumble."

Rabbi Yehuda Halevi, author of the Kuzari (1075-1141)

Jun 10 2012

Rabbi Yehuda Halevi describes a dialogue between the king of the Khazars and a rabbi. The rabbi states that the Jewish people is closer to G-d today, in their humble state of exile, than if they were a mighty nation.

Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, Rashi (1040-1104)

Jun 08 2012

Rashi in his commentary on Hoshanos (printed in Siddur Otzar Hatefilos, as well as in Siddur Beis Yaakov) explains the words “G-d of salvations, in the four oaths” as a reference to the oaths of Shir Hashirim.