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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer

Feeling Taste During the Process

January 30, 2017, by

Why is Tu B’Shevat the new year for trees, not for the fruit itself? A tree is the most efficient “machine” – it yields virtually no waste; it is also one unifying entity. The difference between an eitzah (advice) and a teshuvah (answer).

Blurring the Boundaries

January 5, 2017, by

2 reasons are given for the fast of Asarah B’Tevet: 1 – because the siege of Jerusalem began and 2 –  because the Torah was translated. Why does the beginning of the siege specifically warrant a fast day? Why does the translation of the Torah warrant fasting?

Zos Chanukah: Unity and Infinity

January 1, 2017, by

Why does the Torah add up the Nesi’im’s offerings, we can do the math!?! Why does it call it “Zos Chanukas HaMizbeach”, indicating that this total is the essence of the dedication of the Mizbeach?

Chanukah: Light vs. Vessels

December 28, 2016, by

The miracle of the oil isn’t mentioned in any historical text & isn’t mentioned in Megilat Taanit as a reason for Chanukah. The Gemara, however mentions it. Why the discrepancy?

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