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Rav Chaim Ilson

Cleansing from Sin

September 30, 2016, by

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?

Tisha b’Av Kinot 5776: Rav Chaim Ilson

August 10, 2016, by

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 […]

Simcha on Shavuot: Why is It Unique?

June 2, 2014, by

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.

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