Let’s Open Our Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim
Mourning The Victims of Entebbe 40 Years later and the Holocaust victims of Lita 75 Years Later with Rabbi Weil from Boca Raton Synagogue (HD)
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.