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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer

Charvona is Eliyahu

February 27, 2018, by

According to Chazal, Charvona is Eliyahu which is why we say חרבונה זכור לטוב, as the Gemara always appends to Eliyahu’s name. What does the phrase זכור לטוב mean? (It doesn’t mean זכרונו לברכה since Eliyahu didn’t die).

Tu B’Shvat: The Tree as a Metaphor for Reality

January 26, 2018, by

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