What are we fulfilling with the reading the megillah? Recounting the miracle is a form of publicizing the miracle and thus takes on an amplified status among mitzvot d’rabbanan. The obligation is based on the word נזכרים – remembered. Thus reading the megillah is closely associated with another זכירה – remembering Amalek, and is a […]
Insights into lighting the Chanukah menorah according to the practices of Beis Hillel and Beis Shammai. The relationship between Chanukah and Succos.
If you would like to learn a selected topic on Shavuos night but don’t know where to begin, look no further! Rabbi Immanuel Bernstein has prepared a number of topics, adapted from his book Journeys in Talmud, designed to guide users through the primary Gemaras, the positions of the Rishonim and selected insights of the Acharonim. […]
Reprinted with permission from Rabbi Bernstein’s new book, Purim: Removing The Mask Comparing Purim with Chanukah The Vilna Gaon makes a fascinating observation with regard to the two festivals that were ordained by the Rabbis: Purim and Chanukah. In terms of the “level” of miracle involved, it would seem that the miracle of Chanukah was greater: […]
Covering Esther Chapter 3, Rabbi Bernstein discusses the events beginning with Haman’s rise to power and the decree against the Jews.
The mitzvot of Purim apply during the day, megillah is an exception due to a drasha in the Gemara. What are the requirements for the Purim seudah?
A careful reading of the 4th chapter shows how the events in this chapter shed light on the other events in the Megillah.
From Rosh Hashanah through the Aseret Yemei Teshuva and Yom Kippur we make several changes and additions to the Shemoneh Esrei. Rabbi Bernstein discusses these changes and additions.