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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer

Megillat Esther Part 1: Introduction

March 10, 2016, by

The Gemara says that in the future, all the books in Tanach will be “batel” except the 5 books of the Torah and Esther. What is so significant about the megillah? For part 2 click here. For part 3 click here. For part 4 click here. For part 5 click here.

Shushan Purim Katan

February 24, 2016, by

The message of Shushan Purim is that we aim not just to survive, but also to move the world forward for tomorrow. This is the deeper message behind Esther’s request for a second day for the residents of Shushan to fight their enemies.

The Duality of Rosh Hashana (5767/2007)

September 27, 2015, by

Rosh Hashanah is not mentioned as a day of judgement in the Torah (the Rambam’s Hilchot Shofar follows this pattern as well). The Torah only discusses the mitzvah to blow the shofar. Only Chazal discuss it as a judgement day. Why is this significant component of Rosh Hashanah left out?    

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