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Jewish Holidays

OU Daf Yomi Initiative on Purim

March 18, 2019, by

The OU Daf Yomi Initiative presents a collection of shiurim on tractate Megillah, as well as halacha shiurim, designed to uplift and enhance your Purim experience. * Shiurim from tractate Megillah exploring Megillas Esther, delivered by Rabbi Moshe Elefant, Rabbi Shalom Rosner and Rabbi Yosef Grossman. * Halacha videos by Rabbi Moshe Elefant, sponsored by kosher.com. * […]

Purim: Petition and Perspective

March 13, 2019, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein With the approach of every holiday, one should try to find the themes or major essence of the holiday and see that connection in the liturgy and in the laws and customs of that holiday. While Purim is a holiday of joy and redemption, what thread […]

All About Mishloach Manot

March 12, 2019, by

The Origin of the Practice to Send “Shalach Manos” In the aftermath of the Jews’ salvation from Haman’s plot, the Anshei Knesses HaGedolah (Men of the Great Assembly) instituted four rabbinic mitzvot to be performed on Purim: reading the megillah, eating a festive meal, giving gifts of money to the needy, and sending portions of […]

Is Silence Golden?

March 12, 2019, by

Mordechai commanded Esther not to reveal her origins like Rachel who remained silent when Lavan switched her for Leah. Both were rewarded for their silence. When Pharaoh asked his advisors what to do about the Jews Iyov remained silent and he suffered as a result. Why were Esther and Rachel rewarded for their silence while […]

The Truth Behind the Mask

March 11, 2019, by

The whole world is a narrow bridge, but the essence, is not to be afraid – Rav Nachman of Breslav That the Ba’alei HaKabalah find mystical connections and meanings in things large and small is a credit to their insight and spirituality. Still, when they draw a direct connection between Purim and Yom Kippurim it feels […]