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Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold

Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold

Rebbe Akiva Inspires All Generations

April 16, 2019, by

Why were the five tannaim gathered at the home of Rebbe Akiva on the Seder night and not at home? Rebbe Eliezer himself praised those who stay home for Yom Tov rather than going away! Additionally, two of the others were Rebbe Akiva’s rebbeim, why would they be at his house? Why was he able […]

The Haggadah: My Personal Story

April 9, 2019, by

Why does the Haggadah turn to the declaration made when bringing Bikkurim to tell the story of the Exodus rather than the story itself? What is emphasized in מקרא ביכורים? Why isn’t the verse about coming into the Land of Israel included at the Seder (why don’t we include a fifth cup – והבאתי)? The […]

The Haggadah: Instructions Included

April 2, 2019, by

One of the central mitzvah of the Seder night is relating the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The medium we use is the Haggadah. The Haggadah includes not just the story but even the instructions! The story of Yetziat Mitzrayim begins with צא ולמד – “go out and learn”. What is the purpose of […]

Mordechai Ish Yehudi – Ish Yemini (The Great Flat Tire)

March 19, 2019, by

Rebbi Shimon ben Yochai told his students that the Jews in the generation of the Megillah were threatened with destruction because they bowed down to the statue erected by Nevuchadnetzer. Why are the Jews of the entire realm slated for destruction because of something that happened 45 years earlier? At the beginning of Galut Bavel […]

Is Silence Golden?

March 12, 2019, by

Mordechai commanded Esther not to reveal her origins like Rachel who remained silent when Lavan switched her for Leah. Both were rewarded for their silence. When Pharaoh asked his advisors what to do about the Jews Iyov remained silent and he suffered as a result. Why were Esther and Rachel rewarded for their silence while […]

Rabbi Akiva’s Students: Saints or Sinners?

April 17, 2018, by

Delivered at the OU Israel Center, April 17th, 2018 This shiur is sponsored by Helen Gross in loving memory of her Husband Alex Gross on his Yahrzeit The Gemara says Rebbi Akiva’s students died because “לא נהגו כבוד זה בזה”, they didn’t treat each other with respect: Why does the Gemara refer to them as […]