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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer

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?

Inquiries in the Mitzva of Tashbisu

April 9, 2017, by

Can you fulfill the mitzva by placing chametz with tasteless, odorless arsenic; putting it in a secure capsule and launching it into outer space; putting it in a particle accelerator and transforming it into a non-chametz substance?

Sipur Yetzias Mitzrayim – What’s the Story?

March 17, 2017, by

Why does the telling of the story of Yetziat Mitzrayim (Exodus) have to be in question/answer form, even if you’re sitting alone at a seder? Sefer vs sipur. THE ZECHUS OF THIS SHIUR IS DEDICATED TO THE HATZLACHA OF YOCHANAN MEIR BEN SHULAMIS AND LEAH BAS MIREL MALKA