Previous: In the Hands of a King What is the significance of Aspasyanus not being able to put his shoe on when he received the good news of becoming the emperor?
Previous: The Secret Behind the Death of Marta bas Beisus Why did it specifically have to be a king, and not just an expert military general, who conquered Jerusalem? What is the significance of a king? Next: Restoring Our Tripod
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person – Mignon McLaughlin. We are decidedly troubling beings. We are at once noble and sanctified creatures, imbued with the glory and holiness of God while, at the same time, being vulnerable and petty creatures, mired in the sad and troubling realities […]
Previous: Jerusalem – Naturally Invincible Why does it matter whether Marta bat Baitus died from stepping in dung or from the smell of eating the fig of Rebbi Tzadok? What should we learn from the story? Next: In the Hands of a King
Previous: Our Tripod The Gemara provides a detailed explanation of the wealthy Marta bat Baitus’ death due to her servant’s poor judgement. What was he thinking? What are we supposed to learn from it? Next: The Secret Behind the Death of Marta bas Beisus
Previous: Honor, Dignity, Aristocracy There are 3 attributes with which God runs the world (justice, truth, peace). These parallel the 3 types of donations of the 3 wealthy people during the siege of Jerusalem. Next: Jerusalem – Naturally Invincible
Previous: The Spiritual Colors of Wealth During the Roman siege, 3 wealthy Jerusalemites pledged to supply the besieged city with its needs: one with wheat & barley, one with wine, salt, & oil, and one with wood. What are we to learn from this? Next: Our Tripod
The only thing Chazal mandate for the 3 weeks is the 3 haftarot; the aveilut customs are later additions. The essence of the 3 weeks then is the messages we get from the Haftarot. The mourning customs are supposed to help us achieve that. What are these messages?
Previous: The Fullness of Seven 3 wealthy people provided enough to sustain the besieged city Jerusalem for 21 years had it not been for the zealots’ burning the storehouses. The Gemara tells us about each one and the etymology of their names. Why does the Gemara deem it necessary to tell us all this information? […]