Jewish Holidays

Halacha L’Maaseh on The Three Weeks and Tish’a B’Av

June 17, 2015, by

Three Weeks: Three Stages of Mourning Before Tish’a b’Av we are in a type of mourning so the laws are similar to mourning for a parent. There are three stages: The “Three Weeks”: The least severe stage starts three weeks preceding the Ninth of Av The “Nine Days”: The next-most severe stage begins on Rosh […]

Psalm 120 – “I am for Peace, and They are for War”

February 13, 2014, by

The Chapter appears to be divided into three parts, all of which are related in one way or another to the human faculty of speech: Passuk 1, P’sukim 2-4, and P’sukim 5-7. In the first part, David is expressing the awesome power of “Tefila,” Prayer, and also the fact that it is possible for some […]

Tisha B’Av – History and Laws

February 13, 2014, by

Tisha B’Av – The “ninth day” in the Jewish month of Av, which starts at sundown on the eighth day and concludes at sundown on the ninth day of Av. This is the day when the intensity of the entire three week mourning period reaches its peak (keep reading below for details and use our […]

To Question, That Is the Question: Haftarah for Parshat Masei

July 26, 2012, by

All growth comes through discomfort. Sometimes we find ourselves troubled by a nagging, nameless concern that feels like a pebble in our shoe. It doesn’t cause great harm but irritates with each step until finally we must stop to remove it. Discomfort alerts us to the fact that something is wrong. When we face situations […]

Haftorahman – Parshat Pinchas (3 Weeks)

July 12, 2012, by

Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftorah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, making learning the Haftorah a fun and enlightening experience each and every week. Download the source sheet.

Avoiding Danger During the Three Weeks

July 6, 2012, by

The three weeks between the seventeenth of Tammuz and Tish’a b’Av, between the anniversary of the breach of the wall of Yerushalayim and the anniversary of the destruction of the Mikdash, are a period of mourning. But this time is also considered a period of special danger: “Caution is needed from the 17th of Tammuz […]