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1. "If there an angel over him, an interpreter"

  Rabbi Yehuda tells us that people who study Torah and observe its commandments have an Advocate stand up for them before God rather than an Accuser, for just as there are accusers in the world below, there are adversaries above as well. Rabbi Chiya wonders why if...
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2. "Now there was a day"¦and the Adversary came also among them"

  Rabbi Elazar begins by talking about Rosh Hashanah (the New Year), Judgment Day. He says there are messengers who are appointed by God to watch over the actions of people, and at Judgment Day these messengers accuse those whose actions were improper. When Yisrael sin,...
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3. The crocodiles

  Rabbi Shimon speaks about "Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh, king of Egypt, the great crocodile that couches in the midst of his streams." He explains that God brought Moses into the innermost rooms to see the secret of the great crocodile, from where many levels...
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4. "For Hashem will pass through... on the lintel, and on the two side posts" 

 Rabbi Shimon tells us why God required the sign of blood to be placed outside the entrance so that He would pass over Yisrael's houses when He killed the Egyptians. He says that idol worshipping is the only thing which is punished without a person having had to commit...
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5. "And it came to pass, that at midnight"

  Rabbi Chiya and Rabbi Yosi pause during their traveling to pray, because it is important to be punctual about the Minchah service. As they continue on, Rabbi Yosi is contemplating leadership, and says that the world gains from good leaders and suffers from bad ones,...
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6. "All things have I seen in the days of my vanity"

  Rabbi Shimon says that the verse, "I have seen everything in the days of my vanity. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evil doing," contains two themes, Solomon was alluding to wisdom, but...
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7. "And he smelled the smell of his garments"

  Rabbi Shimon says that when Jacob entered before his father, the scent of the Garden of Eden went in with him, and that the clothes he wore belonged to Adam. He asks what happened to the clothes of Eve, and in what clothing were Adam and Eve buried? He answers himself...
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9. Leaven and leavened dough

  In this discussion we read that leaven, leavened fermentation and leavened bread are all the same thing. In response to Rabbi Yehuda's query about why, if it is so important, Yisrael is only restricted from eating leaven seven days a year, Rabbi Shimon replies that...
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10. Matzah of Judgment

  Rabbi Shimon talks about the time that the moon was in a decreased state, when Yisrael had not yet completed the Covenant by the uncovering of the corona. After they were uncovered, God gave them bread from a higher place, from the heavens. Then Yisrael observe those...
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