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Jewish Holidays

One Coin—Two Sides

December 13, 2017, by

When we check the weekly sedrah reading for Shabbas Chanukah (ie the narrative of the sale of Yosef, in the weekly Parshios of Vayeishev, Mikeitz or Vayigash) looking for some prophetic hint or link to the holiday, we find to our surprise a whole host of phrases that sound familiar to us, not related to […]

Yom Kippur, Tu B’Av, and Purim

October 3, 2017, by

The mishna says that Tu B’Av and Yom Kippur are the happiest days of the year. Why isn’t  Purim included? What is the difference between Yom Kippur and Tu B’Av on the one hand and Purim on the other hand?

The Adar Loop

March 9, 2017, by

Why is the simcha of Adar not just for Purim itself, why is it the whole month? Liluy Nishmas Chaya Liba bas Simcha Z”L – Yahtzeit chai (18th) Adar

Shaken, Not Stirred

March 8, 2017, by

Why do we drink wine on Purim? Wine helps us refocus ourselves and stop blaming external forces for the distance between us and G-d and with others.

Purim 5777

March 8, 2017, by

The mitzvot of Purim apply during the day, megillah is an exception due to a drasha in the Gemara. What are the requirements for the Purim seudah?

Esther: The Everlasting Experience

March 5, 2017, by

Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Purim is unique among the holidays, for, as Chazal tell us, while all the other holidays will be nullified after the arrival of Moshiach, Purim (and according to some Yom Kippur as well) will continue to be celebrated. Yet Purim is not even a Biblical holiday. Why does it deserve […]

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