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Three Weeks 11: Honor, Dignity, Aristocracy

August 4, 2016, by

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

Three Weeks 10: The Spiritual Colors of Wealth

August 1, 2016, by

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? […]

Three Weeks 9: The Fullness of Seven

August 1, 2016, by

Previous: Unraveling Our Three Strands 3 rich men were able to supply the besieged Jerusalem for 21 years. Chazal felt these 21 years would have been enough to defeat the Romans had it not been for the zealots. The Maharal explains the significance of 21. Next: The Spiritual Colors of Wealth

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

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