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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer

Rebuilding the Head-Heart Continuum

September 14, 2017, by

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur differ from the other Yomim Tovim. How do they relate to the other holidays – the shalosh regalim? Rosh Hashana’s connection to the sin of Adam HaRishon and Yom Kippur’s connection to Chet HaEgel, indicates that these 2 holidays were not part of the original plan.

New vs. Different

September 5, 2017, by

The months of Elul and Adar are both the ends of the year (for months & for years). Why are their energies so different? Chodesh (new) & Shanah (different)

Tisha B’Av – The Day We Lost Our Home

July 28, 2017, by

The Gemara says that any generation in which the Beit HaMikdash isn’t rebuilt, it’s as if it was destroyed in that generation teaches that it’s natural to have a beit hamikdash on Earth. If there isn’t one, that means that we are actively preventing it from being here.

The Gash in the Cosmic Fabric

July 13, 2017, by

Why do chazal refer to the time period between Shiva Asar B’Tamuz and Tisha B’Av as Bein HaMetzarim (between the boundaries)? What is the nature of this bridge between the 2? What is the significance of 3?

Reforming Reality

May 30, 2017, by

Why was the whole fanfare of Matan Torah necessary? Why did Moshe have to go up to Heaven get the Torah (after Matan Torah), why couldn’t it be given to Moshe on Earth?

Liberation From the Market

May 30, 2017, by

Rav Yosef was more makpid on Simchat Yom Tov on Shavuot than on other holidays because if not for the Torah he would be like every other Yosef in the marketplace. What did he mean by that? Why specifically the marketplace?

Composing Vessels

May 16, 2017, by

What is the difference between the Zohar, composed by R’ Shimon Bar Yochai while hiding in the cave, and the other sefarim on the Chumash written beforehand?

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