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Rambam Hilchos Avodas Kochavim Chapter 2

The Prohibition to Engage in Idolatry and Blasphemy

43 min

Class Summary:

This class in Rambam the laws of Avodas Kochavim, chapter two, was presented on Sunday Parshas Shoftim, 26 Av, 5780, August 16, 2020, streaming live from Rabbi Jacobson's home in Monsey, NY

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    MZ -3 years ago

    Red Line


    I Halacha 1 - what is the redline when people diefy Rebbes and Rosh Yeshivas ,  particularly when Rambam says that even if one follows any creation of the Almighty in the way that Enosh did, and in that case they recognized  that the Almighty was in charge but cross the line with paying homage/or thinking that a creation of the Almighty had determinative powers with respect to how the world runs. I posit that unfortunately there are many who feel the same way about the people they deify, so what is the red line until which person can go and once they pass that red line they are in the realm of idol worship according to Rambam

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    Dr. Heshie Klien. -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    Very Clear! Thank you so much for your teaching me something i didn't know!

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    Dr. Heshie Klein -3 years ago

    2 Points

    1. Teariinng your garment represntes the blasphemer's separating himself from his core and creating a discontinuity in the fabric of the universe, a tear in the force, similar to undoing a kesher shel kayama.

    2. Ahl pi Kabbalah, if you write the name of yud- hei- vav- hei b’milui, by writing our the numerical value of each letter, since the hei and the vav can be written either as hei-aleph, or hei-hei, and vav can be written as vav-vav, or vav-aleph-vav, they combine to four different totals of the numbers. These ar referred to as sheim, AV,, SAG, MAH and BAN i.e.- ayin-veis (72), samekh-gimel (63), mem-hei (45), and beis-nun (42) None of these add up to 86.

    Also, If you write the name Yosi b’milui, yud-vav-samech-yud, which without the milui is equal to 86, yud is yud-vav-dalet (20) so two yuds = 40, vav-vav = 12+12 = 24, sum total is now 40+24= 64. Now is you spell out the letter samekh as samekh-mem-chof (60+40+20) = 120. 64+120= 184. Once you spell out the letters of yosi, logically, since you are adding more numbers to the samekh, it cannot add up to86, it has to be a higher number.

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    Sara Metzger -3 years ago

    Someone asked ...

    Has there ever been an idol that has claimed to have taken us from eygpt?

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    Sara -3 years ago

    Death Penalty ...

    Can you explain what that actually means? Death penalty in Olam Hazeh (which we all die anyway) Olam Habah? If yes, what does that mean? I'm thinking about the lesson of Adam and Chava when Gd said if you eat from the tree you shall surely die. So they didn't die right away for all the reasons you presented in that shiur. But that just convolutes "death penalty" even more for me because I don't understand what it actually means. 

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