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Jewish Holidays

When Ignorance is Bliss

February 17, 2013, by

We Jews have been accused of many things over the centuries but not valuing knowledge, and not striving to distinguish between good and evil have not been amongst them.  The rabbis devoted a great deal of their energy and thought to highlight the contrasts in life, specifically between right and wrong, good and evil.  Our […]

Purim: Lifting The Veil and Uncovering The Mask

March 8, 2012, by

The word olam (world) is from he’elam – hidden. This because God can be found everywhere in the world but is hidden – we have to look for Him. Purim demonstrates God’s hidden hand in everyday life. The latest episode of The Good Vort, presented by Rabbi Yosef Grossman.

Purim: The Religious Significance of a Flat Tire

March 7, 2012, by

When Esther takes the 1st step to save the Jews is when God began the redemption process just like when I took the first step towards fixing my own flat. Parshat Hashavua from Yerushalayim presented by Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold. Recorded at the Avrom Silver Jerusalem College for Adults.

The OU’s Ot Yomit

March 2, 2012, by

Learn Ot Yomit (Ois Yoimis) with the Orthodox Union First It was Daf Yomi, then Nach Yomi; OU Webcast of New Torah Learning Cycle Begins Purim. Torah is for every Jew; make it yours with Ot Yomit online. We look forward to learning with you! One who learns from his fellow a single chapter [of […]

Parshat Tzav 5771: Torah Tidbits Audio

March 17, 2011, by

How did Esther have authority to ask the Jews to fast on Pesach? Why does Esther phrase her request as fast “on me” similar to the way Rivka says to Yaakov that the curse will be “on me” (if Yitzchak finds out it’s Yaakov trying to steal the blessing)?

Purim 5771: Part III – Hashavat Aveida

March 17, 2011, by

Purim and the Mitzva of Hashavat Aveida (returning a lost object): Why do the terms lost (ibud), return (l’hashiv), & seek (l’vakesh) appear so many times in the megillah? For part 1 click here For part 2 click here

Purim 5771: Part II (Esther Wein)

March 12, 2011, by

The Malach Hamavet and Besamim: Why is Purim so elemental and limitless that it is rooted in the beginning of time (etz hada’at). Why is it the only holiday that will exist when Moshiach comes? For part 1 click here For part 3 click here

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