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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer

Zos Chanukah: Unity and Infinity

January 1, 2017, by

Why does the Torah add up the Nesi’im’s offerings, we can do the math!?! Why does it call it “Zos Chanukas HaMizbeach”, indicating that this total is the essence of the dedication of the Mizbeach?

Chanukah: Light vs. Vessels

December 28, 2016, by

The miracle of the oil isn’t mentioned in any historical text & isn’t mentioned in Megilat Taanit as a reason for Chanukah. The Gemara, however mentions it. Why the discrepancy?

Jerusalem vs. Athens: The Unifying Center

December 22, 2016, by

Jerusalem vs. Athens: Understanding the Depths of the Debates Between Rav Yehoshua ben Chananya and the Elders of Athens – part 3. The Torah, unlike Greek philosophy recognizes the concept that out of bad can come good, that even the bad is for the good. Greek philosophy doesn’t have a good explanation for why evil […]

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