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Jewish Holidays

Three Weeks 9: The Fullness of Seven

August 1, 2016, by

3 rich men were able to supply the besieged Jerusalem for 21 years. Chazal felt these 21 years would have been enough to defeat the Romans had it not been for the zealots. The Maharal explains the significance of 21. Previous: Unraveling Our Three Strands Next: The Spiritual Colors of Wealth

Three Weeks 7: Nero’s Test

August 1, 2016, by

Nero, the Roman general, deserted rather than destroy the temple, why is this anecdote important to the story? Why did he ask a child what pasuk he was learning? Previous: Deadly Humility Next: Unraveling Our Three Strands

Three Weeks 6: Deadly Humility

August 1, 2016, by

What does it mean that R’ Zechariah’s humility caused the destruction of the temple? What role does humility play in the story of the churban? Previous: Jerusalem, the International City Next: Nero’s Test

Three Weeks 3: Kamtza & Bar Kamtza

July 22, 2016, by

The Maharal asks: why is it called the story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza – Kamtza is the one person who didn’t do anything wrong! What is the meaning of the word kamtza? Previous: The Triple Blessing of the Holy Land Next: Jerusalem vs. Sinat Chinam

Three Weeks 1: Why Is It Divorce?

July 22, 2016, by

The temple is a home. Family is the essence of a home & marriage is the essence of a family. The Bet HaMikdash’s destruction is therefore akin to being divorced from God. Next: The Triple Blessing of the Holy Land

Halacha L’Maaseh on The Three Weeks and Tish’a B’Av

July 13, 2015, by

Three Weeks: Three Stages of Mourning Before Tish’a b’Av we are in a type of mourning so the laws are similar to mourning for a parent. There are three stages: The “Three Weeks”: The least severe stage starts three weeks preceding the Ninth of Av The “Nine Days”: The next-most severe stage begins on Rosh […]