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Pesach: Attack of the Locust ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

The eighth of ten plagues which G-d brought upon the Egyptians in the lead-up to the Exodus was the Plague of Arbeh — locust. Locust is the word for a Borg-like collective of grasshoppers that swarm about and destroy produce. These flying grasshoppers devastated the Land of Egypt by devouring its remaining crops. About this plague the Torah testifies, … Continue reading Pesach: Attack of the Locust ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Coronavirus: Plague of Plagues ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

The fifth plague that G-d had wrought upon the Egyptians is known as dever. In English this word is commonly translated as “pestilence”, which is a fatal epidemic disease. In the context of the fifth plague this meant the sudden death of all Egyptian horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, and sheep. The word dever also appears twice in Moshe’s warnings about … Continue reading Coronavirus: Plague of Plagues ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

Vayakhel/Pekudai: The Clothes Making the Man ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

The Malbim and others explain how a bevy of apparent synonyms for “clothing” actually differ from one another. As many commentators note, the Hebrew words levush and malbush do not inherently refer to clothing. Rather, they are conjugations of the Hebrew verb lovesh (“he dresses”), and refer to that with which one dresses. Malbim further explains that the word beged is a general … Continue reading Vayakhel/Pekudai: The Clothes Making the Man ~ Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein

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