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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer

Vessels for the Light

December 7, 2018, by

Why do we commemorate the re-inauguration of the Second Beit HaMikdash and the dedication of the Mishkan but not the original dedication of the Beit HaMikdash in the time of Shlomo? The connection between the small flasks for which Yaakov went back and the miracle of the oil Why is the miracle referred to as […]

Light Up the Legs

December 5, 2018, by

Why does the Gemara use the term “עד שתכלה רגל מן השוק” – specifically the leg to describe the time for lighting the menorah? What is the connection to the Regalim? Delivered at a lunch mesiba at Cho-Sen Island courtesy of the Kutner Brothers

Reason, Faith and Creativity

December 3, 2018, by

Yavan is referred to as חושך darkness because of the decree of “כתבו לכם על קרן השור אין לכם חלק באלוקי ישראל”. Why is that specifically darkness? ופרצו חומות מגדלי: The connection between the 13 breaches made by the Greeks the 13 changes Chazal made when they translated the Septuagint (the first encounter with the […]

Lulav & Succah – In Grasp and Over the Head

September 28, 2018, by

The mitzvah of the arba minim and sukkah appear to be opposites. We are required to hold the 4 minim in hand (נטילת לולב) and one is obligated to own his own set. The Sukkah on the other hand envelops us and there’s no concept of לכם. What are the messages of each one? When the […]


September 17, 2018, by

How is annulment of vows (Kol Nidrei) connected to the essence of Yom Kippur? The Avodah of Aseres Yemei Teshuva and Yom Kippur in general and in a leap year in particular. Dedicated to the Refuah shleima of Shulamis bas Sara Sosha