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Three Weeks 7: Nero’s Test

August 1, 2016, by

Previous: Deadly Humility Nero, the Roman general, deserted rather than destroy the temple, why is this anecdote important to the story? Why did he ask a child what pasuk he was learning? Next: Unraveling Our Three Strands

Three Weeks 6: Deadly Humility

August 1, 2016, by

Previous: Jerusalem, the International City What does it mean that R’ Zechariah’s humility caused the destruction of the temple? What role does humility play in the story of the churban? Next: Nero’s Test

Three Weeks 3: Kamtza & Bar Kamtza

July 22, 2016, by

Previous: The Triple Blessing of the Holy Land The Maharal asks: why is it called the story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza – Kamtza is the one person who didn’t do anything wrong! Next: Jerusalem vs. Sinat Chinam

Three Weeks 1: Why Is It Divorce?

July 22, 2016, by

The temple is a home. Family is the essence of a home & marriage is the essence of a family. The Bet HaMikdash’s destruction is therefore akin to being divorced from God. Next: The Triple Blessing of the Holy Land

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

July 13, 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 […]

Rav Chaim Schmulevitz and The Three Weeks

July 9, 2015, by

Rav Chaim Shmulevitz explains that Bein Adam l’chavero (interactions with others) are like fire. Just as fire causes injury even if you touch it accidentally, so too when you hurt another person you cause them damage, even if you didn’t mean it. The latest installment of The Good Vort.

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