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Jewish Holidays

Vayigdal Moshe on Shavuos

May 17, 2018, by

וידבר אלקים Why is the name Elokim the one which is employed for the aseres ha’dibros? Wouldn’t it have made more sense for it to have been the sheim Havayah? Rashi brings from Chazal that the implication of the name Elokim is dayan lipara, a judge who can exact punishment. In the sefer, Pischei Shearim, […]

The Ladder of Transformation: Receiving the Torah at Sinai

May 15, 2018, by

How could a people enslaved for two centuries transform into a nation in only 49 days and merit to hear directly from God? How were they able to transform themselves? We are given the same opportunity every year during Sefirat HaOmer. Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

The Mysterious Ancestry of David Hamelech

May 15, 2018, by

According to the Midrash, the daughters of Lot seemed to have been trying to orchestrate the ancestry of Mashiach by having a child with him. Why did God bring about Moshiach in a profane way? Download the mekorot here Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime

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 […]