Understanding the 13 Middot
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #1: Introduction There is no explicit Talmudic source for the widespread custom to recite the Selichot service, which revolve around the thirteen middot rachamim (attributes of mercy), on fasts, during the month of Elul and on Yom Kippur. Understanding the 13 Middot
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #2: “Hashem, Hashem” In our introductory shiur, we established that underlying the recitation of the thirteen middot rachamim is the concept that the Shekhina’s presence in the world depends upon human recognition of its presence. Understanding the 13 Middot
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #03: “Kel” The third of the thirteen attributes is that of Kel. The immediate question that arises, of course, is why we should consider this divine Name an attribute of compassion. Understanding the 13 Middot
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #04: Rachum and Chanun The fourth and fifth attributes, which follow the attributes of Hashem, Hashem and Kel, are rachum (“compassionate”) and chanun (“gracious” Understanding the 13 Middot
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #05: “Erekh Apayim” The sixth of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy is that of erekh apayim (literally, “delaying anger”). What effect does this attribute have, and what is its precise meaning? Understanding the 13 Middot
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #06: “Rav Chesed” The seventh of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy is called “rav chesed.” Let us begin by noting the word “rav” which is appended to the word “chesed” (“kindness”) in this phrase. Understanding the 13 Middot
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #07: “Emet” The eighth of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, according to the accepted method of enumeration, is the attribute of emet – “truth.” Understanding the 13 Middot
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #08: Notzer Chesed La-alafim The ninth of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy is notzer chesed la-alafim, generally translated as, “preserves kindness for thousands [of generations].” Understanding the 13 Middot
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #09: Nosei Avon Va-fesha Ve-chata’a This shiur will deal with three different attributes, which the Torah combines with the shared verb of nosei (“forgives”) – “nosei avon va-fesha ve-chata’a” (“forgives iniquity, transgression and sin”). Understanding the 13 Middot
Rav Ezra Bick Shiur #10: Ve-nakei The thirteenth and concluding divine attribute of mercy is that of ve-nakei (literally, “and cleanses”). Understanding the 13 Middot