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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer

Tisha B’Av – The Day We Lost Our Home

July 28, 2017, by

The Gemara says that any generation in which the Beit HaMikdash isn’t rebuilt, it’s as if it was destroyed in that generation teaches that it’s natural to have a beit hamikdash on Earth. If there isn’t one, that means that we are actively preventing it from being here.

The Gash in the Cosmic Fabric

July 13, 2017, by

Why do chazal refer to the time period between Shiva Asar B’Tamuz and Tisha B’Av as Bein HaMetzarim (between the boundaries)? What is the nature of this bridge between them? What is the significance of there being 3 weeks in between?

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?