In Sichot B’Avodat Hashem, Rabbi Eliezer Meizlish quotes the idea that every year before daybreak of Shavuot Hashem asks our souls, “Who wants to accept the Torah?” At that moment, the souls of Bnei Yisrael respond again, “Na’aseh v’nishma – we will do and we will listen.” Every year we re-accept the Torah as we […]
The approaching holiday has several names in addition to Shavuot. The Hebrew name, whether of a yom tov or a person or even an object, conveys its essence. In this shiur, we will be focusing on two of the alternate names of Shavuot, Chag HaBikkurim – the holiday of the first fruit offering, and Atzeret […]
The Gemara in Maseches Shabbos says an example of notarikon (acronym) is the word Anochi. The letters of the word anochi stands for anah nafshi kesivas yehavis. Rashi explains that anah nafshi means ani b’atzmi, that Hashem is saying I myself wrote and gave the Torah. The Chasam Sofer (in his drashos for Rosh Hashana) […]
To launch the new Koren-Sacks Shavuot machzor, Rabbi Sacks delivered a keynote shiur in London on 7 June 2016 to a packed room in Finchley United Synagogue. Rabbi Sacks talked about the similarities between Ruth and Tamar, and what we can learn from their experiences about our identity as a Jewish people. The event was […]
The Maharal says that the function of the third item in a series is to find the synthesis to hold the first 2 opposing forces together. The Torah fills this role.
If the Torah was given on Shavuot shouldn’t it be a purely spiritual holiday? Why do all the opinions in the Gemara agree that part of it has to be spent in physical pleasure? What is the difference between giving & receiving?
At Matan Torah the Jews were able to see sound. What was the point of this miracle? Why couldn’t the Torah be all written or all oral? What is the difference between seeing & hearing?
If the Torah is the world’s blueprint then what changed at Matan Torah, there was already Torah on Earth? Torah belongs in heaven, it’s essence is now on Earth.
If the ways to acquire torah parallel sefirah, why only 48? As much progress as we make in sefirah, the jump to infinity (50) is infinite. How do we do it?
In the delightful book, “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery there is a scene in which the Little Prince takes credit for the sunrise itself, glorying in his work in bringing about the new day. We find this scene charming because we recognize in the Little Prince the innocence and astonishment of childhood. The […]