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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer

The Adar Loop

March 9, 2017, by

Why is the simcha of Adar not just for Purim itself, why is it the whole month? Liluy Nishmas Chaya Liba bas Simcha Z”L – Yahtzeit chai (18th) Adar

Fast of Esther: Convergence

March 8, 2017, by

In both phase 1 and phase 2 of defeating Haman (fasting/praying and battling their enemies) there is an emphasis on gathering together. Taanit Esther commemorates both these events. The Maharal explains the emphasis on gathering.

Purim: Comfortable With Our Existence

February 28, 2017, by

L’Ilui Nishmas my grandmother Rebbetzin Sarah Soshe bas Chaim Gershon z”l Schochet whose yahrtzeit is today, the 2nd of Adar. The Sefat Emet says that each of the 3 regalim has a parallel. Purim (when we willingly accepted the Torah) parallels Shavuot (when we were forced to accept the Torah).

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?

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