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Jewish Holidays

The Secret of Lag BaOmer

May 22, 2019, by

Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai immersed in the סתרי תורה. There are two figures to whom the Jewish people go en masse – Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai and Rachel Imeinu. Why is it about these two? The answer to this can help understand the meaning of Lag BaOmer and the pilgrimage to Meiron. How do we […]

Lag B’omer: The Depths Are Calling to Us

May 16, 2019, by

A generation will arise and live … Hundreds of thousands of people. Countless buses. It’s Lag B’omer. And seemingly endless throngs of every kind of Jew in the world make their way to Meron. Why? The Soul of Torah P’nimiut haTorah, the inner dimension of Torah, is, as it’s name implies, the soul of the […]

Optimism, Rebbe Akiva, and Yom Ha’atzmaut

May 6, 2019, by

The Maharal explains the connection between Sefirat HaOmer, the preparation for Matan Torah and Shavuot and the sin of Rebbe Akiva’s students. Throughout the Mishna and Gemara Rebbe Akiva is always portrayed as an optimist. What was it that enabled him to be an optimist? It was his deep Ahavat Hashem. This optimism is what […]

A Deeper Look at Lag BaOmer

May 6, 2019, by

Rebbi Akiva’s students represented the continuation of the Torah after the churban. Since they were not fully qualified because of their behavior, the Torah transmitted through them to all future generations would have been imperfect. This is why they passed away prior to the holiday of Matan Torah. The connection between the joy of Tu […]

Kriyat Yam Suf, Achdut, and Sefirat HaOmer: Takeaways from Pesach

April 29, 2019, by

ויבאו בני ישראל בתוך הים ביבשה והמים להם חומה מימינם ומשמאלם” – שמות יד:כב” ובני ישראל הלכו ביבשה בתוך הים והמים להם חמה מימינם ומשמאלם” – שמות יד:כט” Why does the Torah virtually repeat the pasuk with minor differences? Did they go into the sea which then turned into dry land or did they walk […]