Why is there a new year for trees? What is the connection between the word עץ (tree) and עצה (advice)? The connection to the 2 trees in Gan Eden – the עץ הדעת טוב ורע and the עץ החיים. Delivered 1/25/18 at the Young Israel of Long Beach L’ilui Nishmas Dovid ben Reuven Michoel z”l
Understanding what the Greeks had against Kiddush Hachodesh When the moon complained that the sun and moon were the same size, why did it use the analogy of the crown? Why was Rosh Chodesh the first mitzvah given to Bnei Yisrael?
Understanding why the Greeks hated Bris Milah and the special significance of “Zos Chanukah”. The concept of eight is intrinsic to milah and milah typefies the number eight. Why does the Torah give a summary of all the korbanot of the Nesi’im? Why do we burn the leftover wicks and oil from the eight nights? […]
Understanding why the Greeks hated these ideas: The Greeks were against the idea of “yeish mei’ayin”, that the world was created from nothing because it implies that God alone is the absolute truth.
Chazal formulated the time until which the candles must be lit as when there are no more “legs” in the marketplace? Why the leg, why the marketplace?
What is the chasima on Hoshana Rabbah and how is it different than the chasima of Yom Kippur? Why is the sealing of Hoshana Rabbah at night? Why the arava?
What is the energy of Yom Kippur? How do the hallmark special halachos of Yom Kippur help understand the nature of the day? What is the meaning of the Seir Hamishtaleach a seemingly idolatry-like procedure?
The mishna says that Tu B’Av and Yom Kippur are the happiest days of the year. Why isn’t Purim included? What is the difference between Yom Kippur and Tu B’Av on the one hand and Purim on the other hand?