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Rabbi Yochanan Bechhofer

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