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Rav Zev Leff

Rav Zev Leff

The Essence of Chanukah

November 28, 2018, by

Unlike, the threat of Haman, the threat of Yavan wasn’t generated by what they wanted to do but what they were. Even before they did anything they were a threat. What did Yavan (and their ancestor Yeft) represent? The difference between keeping mitzvot and living a Torah lifestyle. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, November 26th, […]

The Components of Teshuvah

September 17, 2018, by

Teshuva necessarily involves learning what is right and what is wrong. Which comes first – stopping the sin or regret? Why is there a need to verbalize our confession? The two aspects of sin – the act of rebellion and the damage it causes. If you intended to sin but lucked out and you didn’t […]

Shavuot and the Importance of Minhagim

May 15, 2018, by

The five minhagim of Shavuot and how minhagim, in general, protect the Torah. What is the common denominator among the minhagim? Why is there no mitzvah on Shavuot that represents its theme as there is on other holidays (e.g. Shofar on Rosh Hashana)? We can’t take one commandment from the Torah and give it intrinsic […]

A Three Days’ Journey in the Desert

June 29, 2006, by

“I declare that I will bring you out of the wretchedness of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Yebusites-to a land flowing with milk and honey…. You and the elders cf Israel will then go to the King of Egypt. You must tell him, Hashem, God of the Hebrews, revealed Himself […]