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Esther's Plea
Esther's Plea
by Nachman Cohen / Varda Books
free ebook Esther's Plea
 
Front Matter
Title Page
Copyright Page
Dedication Page
Preface
Table of Contents
Half Title Page
Contents
ESTHER'S PLEA
Esther's Plea
First request: Establish Purim as an annual festival
Second request: Canonize Esther
The matter is disputed by R. Yehoshua and R. Elazarha Moda'i
Importance of this dispute
Exploring the questions
In search of the fundamental dispute
Life and times of R. Yehoshua
A Levi who worked in the Temple
A peace advocate
Residence in Peki'in
The Age of Trajan
R. Gamliel confronts R. Yehoshua
Why get so excited over the status of ma'ariv?
There is more to the dispute than the status of ma'ariv
God abandoned Israel
Has God abandoned Israel
God has not abandoned Israel
An era of confusion
Megillat Ta'anit
Is ma'ariv mandatory
Hadrian gave permission to rebuild the Temple
R. Elazar haModa'i
Rationalist versus Kabbalist
Canonization of Esther
Had Amalek been annihilated?
Bar Kokhba and rebuilding the Temple
Second Alternative
Bar Kokhba Revolt
R. Elazar haModa'i as Activist
Ma'amarim
Soldiers must be God-fearing
Revere your leader
The redemption is foretold in the dream of the wine-butler
Jerusalem will expand beyond its former boundaries
Prerequisites to the rebuilding of the Temple
Enumeration of sins is positive
God's bond with Israel
Redemption will proceed incrementally
God has and will again redeem Israel
"What will I eat tomorrow?":
How much faith must a person have?
An alternate view
R. Elazar haModa'i versus R. Yehoshua
Normative halakha
Mesillat Yesharim and R. Moshe Feinstein concur
Adam did physical work in Gan Eden
"HaShem ya'azor" will lead to Torah violation
One should love to work
Work is a berakha
Work is a prerequisite for Ru'ach haKodesh
llness: Natural or Divine?
TWO PERSPECTIVES OF THE SPIRITUAL LEVEL OF THE ISRAELITES WHO LEFT EGYPT:THEIR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
Introduction
The disputes might not have been face to face
Kabbalist versus rationalist
R. Elazar Hamoda'i
R. Yehoshua
The Bitter Waters of Marah
(15:22) Who ordered Israel to leave Yam Suf?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(15:23) How many encampments were there at Marah?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(15:24) What was the extent of Israel's sin?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(15:25) What type of tree did HaShem show Moshe
R. Yehoshua: The willow
R. Elazar haModa'i: The olive branch
(15:25) Which laws did Moshe teach them?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(15:25) What was the effect of these mitzvot on the populace?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(15:26) What is the explanation of this verse?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
Eilim
(15:27) Were the springs at Eilim there by design?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
Mann
(16:2) What was the extent of Israel's sin?
(16:3) Did the Jews eat meat in Egypt?
R. Yehoshua
(16:4) Was Israel's complaining sinful?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(16:4) How much faith must a person have?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(16:9) Was the gathering to afford respect or to receive punishment?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(16:14) What rose to Heaven?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(16:19) Who spoke to the Israelites?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(16:23) To what extent was the taste of the mann personalized?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(16:26) Did the mann fall on Yom Kippur?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(16:30) What blessing was bestowed for observing Shabbat?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(16:31) To what could the mann be compared
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(16:32) For which generations was the mann set aside
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(16:35) For how many days after Moshe's death did Israel continue to eat the mann.?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(17:7): Who named Massah and Meriva?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
Amalek
(17:8) Why and how did Amalek attack?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(17:9) By what criteria were the soldiers chosen?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(17:9): Why did Yehoshua need to be prodded to fight Amalek?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(17:10) What were they going to do on the morrow?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(17:12) Explanation of several verses
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
The dispute
Yehuda and R. Nechemia, pp. 357-8.)
(17:13) To what extent was Amalek slaughtered?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(17:14) Anointment or prophecy
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(17:14) How much of Amalek need be annihilated and how long would the process take?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(17:14): What if Amalek is successful?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
Yitro
(18:1) What did Yitro hear?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:1) Was Yitro a priest or governmental agent?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:2): Why did Moshe send away Tzipora?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:3) Who was the stranger?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:6) How did Yitro communicate with Moshe?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:19) For which goodness did Yitro rejoice?
(18:20) Of which laws should the nation be informed?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:18) How will Moshe be effected?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:20) Of which laws should the nation be informed?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:21) What are the priorities in choosing judges?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:22) Torah study as a prerequisite for a judge
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:24) Did Moshe consult HaShem?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i
(18:27)What gifts did Moshe give his father-in-law?
R. Yehoshua
R. Elazar haModa'i:
Back Matter
APPENDICES
The Outline
Marah
Mann
Amalek
Yitro
R. Elazar haModa'i: Kabbalist
Divine Providence
The Ashurit alphabet and the prohibition of Gentiles' wines