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Getting Married on Shivah Asar BeTammuz

June 9, 2010, by

Fast days, with the exception of Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av, begin in the morning. Does that mean we can enjoy ourselves the night before? In particular, the Three Weeks, with the custom in memory of the destruction of the Temple of refraining from having parties, begin on Shivah Asar BeTammuz (this year observed on […]

Tisha B’av Kinot 5758

June 7, 2010, by

Privileged to Grieve – Empowered to Grow – Intensify, deepen and enhance your understanding of the fast day with this two-hour Tisha B’Av video featuring Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb taped live in 5758/1998 at Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, MD.

Shoftim: Fearfully Yours

August 18, 2009, by

One afternoon, Bill Clinton was sitting in his office when his telephone rang. “Hello Mr. Clinton,” a heavily accented voice says. “This is Yankel down in Tel-Aviv Israel. I am ringing to inform you that I am officially declaring war on you!” .. “Well, Yankel,” Bill replies, “This indeed is important news! Tell me, how […]

Re’eh: A Cloak of Mercy

August 12, 2009, by

A triplet of deviation plays a starring role in our parsha [Chapter 13]: First the false prophet [navi sheker] If a prophet arises among you or a dreamer of a dream, and he gives you an omen or a miracle, .. And the omen or the miracle happens— the one he told you about—saying, “Let […]

Devarim: Serenity & Desire

July 22, 2009, by

Tisha B’av and Devarim (the parsha) make appropriate bedfellows. Chazal find in Moshe’s eicha complaint echoes of Yirmiyahu and future lamentations. Thus the prevalent minhag of chanting that verse in the sad eicha tune. Devarim, Moshe’s retrospective is all about what could have been and what went wrong. Finally, it is a parsha that sows […]

Mishnas Chayim – The Three Weeks: What Are We Missing?

July 21, 2009, by

In keeping with the atmosphere of aveilus (mourning) for the Beis Hamikdash, Jews the world over meticulously observe the various restrictions that are in effect at this time. In fact, as the Bach points out (Orach Chaim 551), many of the practices adopted and adhered to over the centuries go well beyond the letter of […]