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Jewish Holidays

The Gash in the Cosmic Fabric

July 13, 2017, by

Why do chazal refer to the time period between Shiva Asar B’Tamuz and Tisha B’Av as Bein HaMetzarim (between the boundaries)? What is the nature of this bridge between them? What is the significance of there being 3 weeks in between?

Three Weeks 15: In the Hands of a King

August 8, 2016, by

Why did it specifically have to be a king, and not just an expert military general, who conquered Jerusalem? What is the significance of a king? Previous: The Secret Behind the Death of Marta bas Beisus Next: Restoring Our Tripod

Parallel Lives: Three Weeks to Recreate a Bond

August 8, 2016, by

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person – Mignon McLaughlin. We are decidedly troubling beings.  We are at once noble and sanctified creatures, imbued with the glory and holiness of God while, at the same time, being vulnerable and petty creatures, mired in the sad and troubling realities […]

Three Weeks 12: Our Tripod

August 4, 2016, by

There are 3 attributes with which God runs the world (justice, truth, peace). These parallel the 3 types of donations of the 3 wealthy people during the siege of Jerusalem. Previous: Honor, Dignity, Aristocracy Next: Jerusalem – Naturally Invincible

Three Weeks 11: Honor, Dignity, Aristocracy

August 4, 2016, by

During the Roman siege, 3 wealthy Jerusalemites pledged to supply the besieged city with its needs: one with wheat & barley, one with wine, salt, & oil, and one with wood. What are we to learn from this? Previous: The Spiritual Colors of Wealth Next: Our Tripod

Three Weeks 10: The Spiritual Colors of Wealth

August 1, 2016, by

3 wealthy people provided enough to sustain the besieged city Jerusalem for 21 years had it not been for the zealots’ burning the storehouses. The Gemara tells us about each one and the etymology of their names. Why does the Gemara deem it necessary to tell us all this information? The Maharal provides an answer. […]