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Rav Mosheh Twersky HY"D

More Inyanei Tisha B’Av

January 16, 2018, by

Gadol Gibor v’Nora – Great, Mighty, and Awesome Why are the Anshei Knesses Ha’Gedolah, asks the Gemara in Yoma (69b), called by that name? Because they reinstated the practice of referring to Hashem as “great, mighty, and awesome”. Yirmiyahu and Daniel had omitted (respectively) “mighty and awesome” for in relation to the destruction of the […]

Chanukah Sugyos

December 13, 2017, by

Kavsah Ein Zakuk Lah – If the Chanukah Candles Go Out There is a machlokes in the Gemara (Shabbos 21a-b) if one is obligated to relight the Chanukah candles in the event that they go out before having burned for the requisite amount of time. Rav Huna holds that you do have to relight them, […]

Forgetting V’Sein Tal/Yaaleh V’Yavo on Rosh Chodesh

November 30, 2017, by

On Rosh Chodesh during the winter, what is the halacha if someone forgot to say v’sein tal u’matar, and when he repeated Shmoneh Esrei, he forgot yaaleh v’yavo? In Brachos (26b) there is a machlokes Rishonim brought down in Tosafos and the Rosh regarding someone who forgot to say yaaleh v’yavo in Mincha of Rosh […]

Punishment vs. Atonement

November 30, 2017, by

The Rambam says (Hilchos Teshuva 6:1-2) that some sins bring about a judgement of punishment that will pertain to the person’s body or his possessions, or his young children, some sins bring about a judgement of punishment that will take place only in the next world, and there are some sins that bring about a […]

Connection of the Parsha to the Three Weeks

November 30, 2017, by

The three haftaros of each Shabbos of the three weeks – which are known as the tlasa d’puranusa – are obvious in terms of their connection to the time period. In addition to the basic content, dorshei reshumos have found an allusion in the first word of each one of the three haftaros which are: […]

The Four Fasts, Then & Now

November 30, 2017, by

The Gemara in Maseches Rosh HaShana (18b) says that there are three categories regarding the four fasts (of Asarah b’Teves, Shiva Asar b’Tamuz, Tisha b’Av, and Tzom Gedaliah) : 1) when there is gezeiras malchus (persecution) all four fasts are obligatory as fasts, 2) when there is no gezeiras malchus but also not shalom only Tisha b’Av is obligatory, and the rest are optional, 3) when there is shalom all four are Yamim Tovim.  […]

Monarchy of the Chashmonaim

December 28, 2016, by

Following the victory over the Greeks, the Chashmonaim assumed the monarchy of Klal Yisrael. This, despite the fact that they were Kohanim and not from Shevet Yehudah. They were not descendants of Dovid Ha’Melech. According to the Ramban (in parshas Vayechi), this was a grave error on their part, and caused their ultimate downfall. So […]

Vayigdal Mosheh: Inyanei Rosh Hashanah

September 29, 2016, by

The Auspicious Nature of Rosh Hashanah In the Beis HaMikdash, on Rosh Hashanah, the Mishna says that the chatzotzros finished first, and the shofaros kept blowing, because mitzvas hayom is with the shofar.  Really, this is pashut pshat in the pasuk that says, “yom teruah yihyeh lachem”.  Of course, this is a mitzvah that one […]

Interruptions During Tekias Shofar: An In-Depth Shiur

September 16, 2016, by

Silent Interruption vs. Interruption of Extraneous Shofar-Sound Each group of shofar blasts is comprised of three sets which are in turn comprised of three sounds: tekiah-shevarim-tekiah, tekiah-teruah-tekiah, and tekiah-shevarim/teruah-tekiah. Each set of three sounds is blown three times in succession for a total of nine sounds, and that is what constitutes a full group. What […]

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