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Jewish Holidays

The Mystery of the Missing Day of the Three Weeks

July 11, 2018, by

Chazal say the two 21-day periods during the year, from Rosh Hashana to Hoshana Rabbah and from 17 Tammuz to the Tisha B’Av, correspond to the time it takes an egg to mature and an almond branch to blossom respectively. But from Shiva Asar B’Tammuz to Tisha B’Av is really 22 days! Shiur provided courtesy […]

The Beit HaMikdash: What Are We Waiting For?

July 5, 2018, by

Binyamin was the one brother not involved in the sale of Yosef. Why is this enough of a reason for the Beit HaMikdash to be built in his territory? How is this connected to his stone – ישפה? Recorded at the OU Israel Center, July 4th, 2018 Download the mekorot here

Halachot of the Three Weeks: A Review

June 17, 2018, by

The five calamities that occured on 17 of Tammuz and the status of the four fasts during Bayit Sheni Brushing one’s teeth and rinsing out one’s mouth on a fast day Getting engaged, listening to music, shaving, taking a haircut, and reciting shehechiyanu. Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

The Three Weeks: What Are We Mourning?

June 14, 2018, by

There’s no denying that Jerusalem of today is a far cry from the Jerusalem of even 100 years ago. We need to understand what we’re missing. Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

Connection of the Parsha to the Three Weeks

November 30, 2017, by

The three haftaros of each Shabbos of the three weeks – which are known as the tlasa d’puranusa – are obvious in terms of their connection to the time period. In addition to the basic content, dorshei reshumos have found an allusion in the first word of each one of the three haftaros which are: […]

Yerusha & Nachala of the Land

September 11, 2017, by

There are no guarantees that we will be secure in Eretz Yisrael. The only way we can be successful in Eretz Yisrael is when we identify with our heritage. Sleepless Sermon for the Nine Days by Rabbi Shalom Hammer