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Why Did Moses Not Enter the Holy Land?

On the journey from slavery to freedom, the model of leadership must change

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livestock

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
gavriel yitzhak
another difference between the 2 incidents cited is the word used for "livestock". In Beshelach, mikneh is used; in Chukat, b\'ier. What is the significance of this?
mikne is also "purchased"; bi\'er is related to fire, burning as well as the verb for rooting out, elimination e.g. bi\'ur hametz.
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The Class

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
AB
Wow
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Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
outoftowner
amazing class! but what\'s with the so called (inapropriate) pictures of "Moshe Rabainu"
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Tzur Sela

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
Intowner
Awesome!
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Fantastic!

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
Daniel Kaye, Sydney Australia
Yishar Koach!

May Hashem Yisborech accept your words "Speaking to the rock" "Hertzieger Verter" words from the Heart which will surely enter the heart and cease to "Strike the rock" and give you and all Yidden revealed material and spiritual good, Moshiach Now! Amain! Again thank you! Yishar Koach!
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Numbers of viewers?

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
Wondering
In the name of transparency, I was wondering whether the number of "viewers" you display reflect actual viewers, or it adds a "viewer" each time the viewer (even the same one) clicks the play button. Because when I tried it myself, each time I clicked play the number of viewers went up by one.
For ethical purposes, it would be wise to reflect the accurate count of viewers, so as not to create exaggerated numbers.
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transparency watchdog

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
to wondering
For complete transparency you should probably use your real name in your comment

In any event, they are not trying to exaggerate numbers, it seems that it is merely functional. Why would you need to click the play button more than once?

All the best.
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Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
maybe you can write "number of hits" as opposed to viewers. Sometimes it does\'nt go through and I try 4-5 times also.
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another explanation

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
Neche
There is another explanation: Moshe Rabbeinu, showed true leadership and order that G-d should never have a plausible complaint to the Jews, that even a "domem" (rock) listened to Me when I spoke but the midaber (yidden) didn’t… so he displayed true leadership and gave up his lifelong dream not to go into Eretz Yisroel in order give the Jews a pass for later in their history…
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questions

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
chaim
you mention it´s needed another kind of leadership for entering Isroel but then nothing is mentioned about.
why it shouldn´t be sanctified HaShem´s name by strucking the rock? It´s a miraculous way too…. And when HaShem asked Moses to talk with it they were alone, people doesn´t know which should be the right way.
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סלע ושם הוי"ה

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
יוסף
כמדומה שהרב לא אמר הגימטריא לפי הסדר וצריך להיות כך: יוד פעמים ה\' שהוא חמשים. ה\' פעמים ו\' שהוא שלשים. ו\' פעמים ה\' שהוא שלשים. וה\' פעמים יו"ד שהוא חמשים. סך הכל 160, הגימטריא דסלע.

כלומר כל אות מכפילים עם האות שבאה לאחריה: היו"ד עם הה"א, הה"א עם הוא"ו, הוא"ו עם הה"א והה"א עם היו"ד (שבתחלת האות). כך נראה לפי עניות דעתי
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שאלות

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
יצחק
עדיין לא נתבאר מדוע נאמר קח את המטה? וגם מדוע היה זה היפך קידוש השם
?
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Rav Kook

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
joy
What a beautiful line by Rav Kook! Stones that melt and hearts that are like stones.
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source

Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 - ח' תמוז תשס"ט
hi
See also Rav Eleyahoo Munk on Chukas for his similar insight.
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best so far

Wednesday, Jul 01 2009 - ט' תמוז תשס"ט
shemaryahu
this is the best lecture i have heard so far, it combines gematria and chumash and kabbalistic thought. lecture was stimulating and provoking and coherent.
please do more in the same fashion
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Transparency

Wednesday, Jul 01 2009 - ט' תמוז תשס"ט
Wondering
No need to be defensive. My name is Jack, living in Kew Garden Hills, working in Brooklyn -- nothing to hide. I happen to be a techie, and have been working on different sites and "viewer counters." When someone directed me to the large numbers you were advertising (30,000) I was curious and went to check it out. My question is coming from a sincere place, and just thought it would be good to understand how the numbers are tallied.
And btw, statistics show that many people will press play several times (they may stop it and restart or for various other reasons), as well as press mp3 more than once.
AT the same time, more than one person may be viewing a particular webcast.
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tzur/sela

Wednesday, Jul 01 2009 - ט' תמוז תשס"ט
s
What is the meaning--HBH is our Tzur--in the context of your drash?
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Tzur

Wednesday, Jul 01 2009 - ט' תמוז תשס"ט
YYJ
As explained in class, G-d as Tzur is usually associated in Tanach with his name Elokim, represnting the G-dliness often embedded and deeply concealed within the "rock" of existance, where man must struggle to discover the underlying spiritual core of all reality.
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fantastic

Wednesday, Jul 01 2009 - ט' תמוז תשס"ט
nechemy
just finished the shiyur on podcast in car.... FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

That last gematria tzur & sela equaling kossel was the cherry on the top.

Beautiful. Geshmak
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I am a Rock.

Wednesday, Jul 01 2009 - ט' תמוז תשס"ט
Joe
Shimon Garfinkel\'s interpretation of this story was truly enlightening!
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sandals

Thursday, Jul 02 2009 - י' תמוז תשס"ט
steve madden
where can one buy a pair of sandals seen in the picture "depicting" Moses?
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grateful

Friday, Jul 03 2009 - י"א תמוז תשס"ט
family
Dear R.Jacobson,
as one who is experiencing a great amount of pain in life, I must thank you for providing me with the tools and learning to cope with this. I wait all week for Monday night, when I can have, for a few moments, light, and inspiration. May G-d bless you, and your sponsors for spreading such holiness in the world. I thank you from the depth of my heart, with an appreciation mere words can never express.
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Amazing!

Friday, Jul 03 2009 - י"א תמוז תשס"ט
Terrace, B.C.
Thank you very much Rabbi. This was one of the clearest teachings on what the two rocks mean, Thank you very much.
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small remark

Friday, Jul 03 2009 - י"א תמוז תשס"ט
hi
In our past, we struck rocks, to make dressed stones, and built the Beis Ha Mikdash with them. Today, we go to the Kotel, and we speak to the stones, we do not strike them. So history re-enacts the incident with a better outcome. We lost the Beis Ha Mikdash made of stones, and built another one, made of words. (If Moses had never made this mistake, his only mistake, he would have been too perfect a man.That might have resulted in him being venerated, G-d forbid.)
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Two answers

Monday, Jul 06 2009 - י"ד תמוז תשס"ט
Goldberg
YHVH Name
I have two answers to the question about permutations of the YHVH Name. Some say 12 . Some say 24.The 12 answer comes from YHVH representing " of the 12 permutations " hours of daytime, or the H is the same letter, and only counted once. 24 comes from the " 12 of the permutations " represent daytime. There is a difference between " Of the 12 " and " 12 of ". 24 also comes from the first Hay and final Hay being two different Hays in terms of meaning.

Thank you, Good Shabbos, IY"H, Mordi
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Tzur

Monday, Jul 06 2009 - י"ד תמוז תשס"ט
Yossi
Tzur in chasidus has a very deep potential as we know if you strike it together you can ignite a flame representing the flame of the neshomo, and the stone can even be submerged in water for a long time but still can create a fire.

Rabbi Jacobson said that the selah has the water but the tzur has the fire!
Just a thought.

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