In Hilchot Ta’aniyot the Rambam says that the commandment on fast days is to fast & cry out. What is the source-pasuk in the Torah for this mitzvah? Sometimes the “Darchei Teshuvah” come before Teshuva and sometimes “Darchei Teshuva” come after the Teshuvah process. Where in the process is crying out?
What are teshuva and kapara – are they one and the same or are they different? If they are different then how do they differ & how do we achieve each one?
Why did the Rambam place Hilchot Teshuva in Sefer HaMada, the book that deals with the fundamentals of Judaism? Is it because Teshuva is fundamental to Judaism or because it deals with fundamental issues such as free will?
What is the Rambam’s approach to the commandment of Teshuva in the Mishna Torah? How does he formulate it and in what context does he place it?
In his introduction Rav Ilson asks several questions: Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning yet the practices & halachot of Tisha B’Av seem to go against all the basic rules of aveilut. We are told not to mourn a relative excessively yet we mourn year after year after year? Why is there no tziduk […]
Rav Chaim Ilson presents insights of The Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, into the Kinot of Tisha B’Av including some of the sources for his insights.
Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning (aveilut) but is also very much a fast day (ta’anit tzibur). How do these 2 motifs interact? A shiur based on insights from Rav Soloveitchik.
Rav Ilson discusses individual/”new mourning” (for a relative) and communal/”old mourning” for historical events, such as Tisha B’Av. The challenge of Tisha B’Av is that we can’t truly mourn what we don’t know.
The Rambam says that simchat Yom Tov isn’t a temperament, it’s an action. Simchat Yom Tov on Shavuot expresses itself in a different way on Shavuot than it does on other holidays.