Rivkah Holland
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  Joined April 21, 2017
Rivkah is an Administrator and English instructor at Assemble-Together eCampus. She has homeschooled her five children for the past fifteen years while...

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Cup of Joe today, ladies. 12:45 CDT. We'll discuss the upcoming book study which begins on the 24th.
@jul, @judy-howard ,@bay, @rivkah-holland ,@kristi,@bet,@eliy

@jo-howell what do need to read by next meeting?
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The 12th prohibition is that we are forbidden from making stones which are prepared1 to bow down upon — even if this bowing down is to G‑d, exalted be He. The reason for this prohibition is also2 to not resemble that of idolatry, since they would place stones decorated by expert craftsmen3 in front of the idols, and bow down upon them to that idol.

The source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He),4 "Do not place a designed5 stone in your land so you can prostrate yourselves on it."

One who transgresses this prohibition is punished by lashes.6

In the words of the Sifra,7 "The phrase, 'Do not place [a designed stone] in your land,' teaches that only 'in [the rest of] your land' you may not bow down upon stones; but you may bow down upon stones in the Holy Temple."

The details of this mitzvah have been explained in the Talmudic tractate Megillah
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Has anyone ever had a monkey show up on your computer screen and tell you there is some sort of server error on Kahn and Youtube? Norton virus scan didn't find anything...
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@rivkah-holland:
I type "A-T Radio" in the search trying to get to the page with the "Pimsler"? Israeli Hebrew Lessons, per Clear's instructions. But I didn't see the page.
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Cup of Joe today, ladies. 12:45 CDT. We'll discuss the upcoming book study which begins on the 24th.
@jul, @judy-howard ,@bay, @rivkah-holland ,@kristi,@bet,@eliy
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Off to another week!!! Tonight, don't forget about 613 Mitzvot class led by Bayli. We start at 6pm. We were just getting started in the fall special days, but no one showed up last week. Not sure what Bayli has in mind for tonight, so just show up and be surprised.

Tuesday, 6pm CDT, will be our Kings and Prophets study. We're ready to start on Chapter 8 of 2 Samuel. Always good discussion and discovery in this class.

Wednesday is Cup of Joe with Jo. We'll have our usual chit-chat time and will be gearing up of our book study to begin on the 24th. Ladies, you won't want to miss out on this one.

Hebrew I class is at 11:30 CDT on Tuesday. Hopefully everyone will have listened to Lesson 11 and will come with questions and discussion about what was learned in that lessons. Sentences will be due on Thursday this week.

Hebrew (( class is at 2:00pm CDT on Tuesday. We're working on Level 2 Lesson 22. Same directions as Hebrew I class this week.

Also...Sima's class on Monday at 12:30CDT, Rabbi's classes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. I think that should keep all of us engaged and busy for this week.

Baruch HaShem for this amazing on-line family!!!
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The 10th prohibition is that we are forbidden from investigating idolatry and looking into its content, i.e. researching and studying the fantasies and foolishness that its founders claim, [for example,] "This spiritual force can be brought down in this way, and then you must do this; this star you must offer incense to, stand before it in this way, and then do this," and so on. Thinking into these matters and investigating these fantasies can cause a foolish person to pursue them and worship them.

The verse which contains this prohibition is G‑d's statement,1 "Do not turn away to false gods." In the words of the Sifra, "If you turn after them, you are making them into gods." There it is written, "Rabbi Yehuda says, 'You must not turn to them [even] to look at them.'" This means that it is prohibited even to gaze at the image's external appearance or to think about how it was made, in order to not spend even a moment of time on them.

In the [Talmudic] chapter "Sho'el adam mei'chavero"2 it is written, "One who walks under an image or statue may not read [their caption] on Shabbat. One may not look at the statue itself even during the week, as the verse says,3 'Do not turn away to false gods.' What does this verse imply? Rabbi Yochanan says [the same words can be read to mean,] 'do not turn away G‑d from your minds.'"4

This same prohibition — to think about idolatry — is repeated in G‑d's statement,5 "Be careful that your heart not be lured away, and you turn astray and worship [them]." This means that if your heart is lured away to think about them, this will cause you to turn away from the straightforward path and become involved in worship. This same concept is repeated,6 "[Be very careful…] lest you raise your eyes to the sky, and see the sun, moon...[and worship them]."This does not prohibit one from lifting up one's head and looking at them with one's eye; rather, it prohibits from pondering in one's mind7 what powers are attributed to them by those who worship them. The same is found in G‑d's statement,8 "[Be careful] lest you try to find out about their gods saying, 'Now, how do these nations worship their gods?'" Even if one does not worship them, it is prohibited to inquire about the nature of their worship since it can cause one to err after them.

You should be aware that one who transgresses this prohibition is punished by lashes.9 It10 has already been explained at the end of the first chapter of Eruvin11 that one is punished by lashes for violating the Biblical prohibition of going beyond the Shabbat limit.12 The Sages prove this by quoting G‑d's statement,13 "A person may not ["al"] leave his place." The Talmud then asks how it is possible to punish with lashes when the prohibition is stated with the word, "al" instead of the word, "lo" ["do not"]. It then answers with the [rhetorical] question, if there are no lashes whenever the word, "al," is used, are there no lashes for the prohibition,14 "Do not ["al"] turn away to false gods?!" This discussion implies that one does receive lashes for this prohibition.
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Shavua Tov!
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1. God’s greatest honor is when the people who are furthest from Him draw themselves closer. For at that time, “The Name of the Holy One, Blessed be He, is exalted and honored above and below” (Zohar II, 69a), and God’s honor [in the world] is greatly increased. Therefore, each person must work very hard to draw close those people who are far from God. Furthermore, a person must never say, “How can I come close to God when I am so distant from Him as a result of my many evil deeds?” For the truth is just the opposite: The further away a person is, the more God’s honor will be magnified when he tries to come back and to draw close to Him. For this is God’s greatest honor. - Rabbi Nachman
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