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Jewish Holidays

VaYigdal Moshe on Tisha b’Av

August 10, 2016, by

Seichel and Beis HaMikdash Chazal say that someone who has deiah it is as if the Beis HaMikdash was rebuilt in his days (Sanhedrin 92a). How are we to understand this? Why is having deiah likened to the Beis HaMikdash? We find a similarly emphatic statement in Nedarim 41a: one who has deiah has everything and one who […]

Tisha b’Av Kinot 5776: Rav Chaim Ilson

August 10, 2016, by

In his introduction Rav Ilson asks several questions: Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning yet the practices & halachot of Tisha B’Av seem to go against all the basic rules of aveilut. We are told not to mourn a relative excessively yet we mourn year after year after year? Why is there no tziduk […]

What Are We Mourning About?

August 8, 2016, by

Delivered 2016, Queens, NY Tisha B’Av is not about the inability to bring sacrifices; they stopped bringing sacrifices 3 weeks earlier on the 17th of Tammuz. It’s about losing the Bet HaMikdash itself. What is the nature of this loss?

Are We Teaching Yiras Shamayim?

August 8, 2016, by

For what sin was the land lost? This question was asked to the wise men and to the prophets. No one could answer until HASHEM Himself said, ̒Because they left My Torah.’. Rav Yehudah said in the name of Rav, ̒because they didn’t make the blessings before they studied.’” – Nedarim 81a The Ran explains […]

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