Tisha B’Av is not just about the destruction of the beit hamikdash. It is also about the tragedies that have occurred throughout Jewish History. These tragedies described in the kinot are still relevant today. Delivered at the Boca Raton Synagogue, Tisha B’Av 5775 (2015)
For part 1 click here. Rabbi Weil discusses 4 more Purim themes. Topics include Purim vs. Yomim Tovim and why didn’t Esther have to give up her life rather than sleeping with Achashverosh?
Rabbi Weil discusses 6 Purim themes including who was Amalek and what was their philosophy. The label Amalek is not limited to a specific biological or ethnic group. For part 2 click here.
The Poetry of the Pain: An Analysis of the Kinot. An analysis and exploration in themes of Eliezer Hakalir, one of the earliest and most prolific liturgical poets in Jewish history.
On Tisha B’Av we relive history we don’t merely recall it, similar to the Pesach Seder. Tisha B’Av is also a day of growth. Rabbi Weil focuses on the later kinot.
A value-less society is ripe for producing a Haman. Rav Soloveitchik saw a parallel to this in the Weimar republic. Until we’re threatened we don’t hear the message & more.
Download the source sheet here. Haman excelled at character assassination because all he did was present the facts. We see this in 2 places in the Megillah: 1) when Vashti is killed and 2) his plan to kill the Jews.
To understand why the translation of the Torah into Greek was a cause for fasting, we need to understand the ramifications of having the Torah translated. An Analysis of the translation of the Torah into Greek and the Fast of the tenth of Teves. Presented by Rabbi Steven Weil.
Rabbi Weil discusses themes we encounter in the Machzor including the 13 Middos, Akeida, Yom Teruah, Eim Sisera, Zechariah, Rachel, Shofar Gadol, Chana, & the Seir HaMishtaleach, and how both the Living & the Dead are Judged. Download the Source Sheet.