The year of Purim was a leap year as is alluded to in the Megillah. In which month did Haman decree to kill the Jews? If so, then there should be no machloket as to when to celebrate Purim in a leap year – it should be in the Adar in which it occurred! The Yereim: […]
The Rama quotes the Tur who writes that those who are machmir increase in seudah on Purim Katan and ends off Orach Chaim with the verse “וטוב לב משתה תמיד” – the good of heart are always in a party-like state. What is the significance of the Rama beginning Orach Chaim with שויתי ה לנגדי תמיד […]
Which is the real Adar? This affects when to celebrate Purim, when to observe a yahrtzeit, and when a child becomes bar/bat mitzvah. Why is Adar always the added month? Do we view Adar as months 12A and 12B or a 13th month (really called חדש העיבור)? What if someone was born on the 30th […]
זכור את אשר עשה לך עמלק כה:יז Numerous times, the word machar (tomorrow) is mentioned in the context of mechiyas Amaleik (wiping out Amaleik). In parshas Beshalach – the very first time there is a confrontation with Amaleik – Moshe says to Yehoshua, “v’tzei hilacheim ba’Amaleik machar anochi nitzav al rosh ha’givah, go out and […]
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik Speaks with opening remarks by Rabbi Moshe Genack at OU Press Book Launch for Megillat Esther With the Rav’s Commentary. Rabbi Soloveichik discusses the moral power of scriptural citation of Megillat Esther by Jews and non-Jews alike.
On Purim we say כל הפושט יד נותנים לו – whoever stretches out their hand (to ask for money), we give them. The Chasidic masters say it means whoever asks something from God, he is answered. From where did they get this idea that it applies to God? Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime
According to Chazal, Charvona is Eliyahu which is why we say חרבונה זכור לטוב, as the Gemara always appends to Eliyahu’s name. What does the phrase זכור לטוב mean? (It doesn’t mean זכרונו לברכה since Eliyahu didn’t die).