S’firah as a time of mourning “Rebbe Akiva had 24,000 students from Givas to Antipras. All of them died in one time period because they didn’t treat each other with kavod. That time period was between Pesach and Shavuos.” (Yevamos 62b) With these words, the Gemarah explains why S’firah, a joyful time when we prepare […]
Despite R’ Akiva’s losing 24,000 students, he did not give up hope and went and acquired 5 new students in order to reinvigorate the future of the Jewish people.
What is the difference between the Zohar, composed by R’ Shimon Bar Yochai while hiding in the cave, and the other sefarim on the Chumash written beforehand?
Why were R’ Akiva’s students punished specifically during the omer? What is the significance of Rabbi Akiva expounding on the crowns of the letters in the Torah?
Is it possible that all 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva’s students committed the exact same sin? Why do we mourn over these students if they didn’t even learn from their rebbe’s most famous teaching?
Historically, the period between Pesach and Shavuos was meant to be a period of great joy and anticipation, for our redemption from Egypt was the precursor to the ultimate goal of receiving the Torah on Shavuos and symbolically consummating our relationship to Hakadosh Baruch Hu. Yet the period has changed to become a period of […]
If the ways to acquire torah parallel sefirah, why only 48? As much progress as we make in sefirah, the jump to infinity (50) is infinite. How do we do it?
What does it mean that Torah should be new to us each day? Why is it alluded to in the nation’s arrival in the Sinai Desert? What does desert represent?
There is a recurring trope in comedy movies in which a leader addresses a group, asking for volunteers to “step forward.” Of course, no one steps forward. However, everyone but an unwitting innocent steps backward. The poor sap becomes the “volunteer”. Not stepping backward is the same as stepping forward. Applying that same “principal” to […]
Kavod (honor) is from the outside. Shem (name) is from the inside, the essence of the item itself. We can’t know the true shem, only the kavod.