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Jewish Holidays

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 Shmulevitz 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.

The Parchment Burned…The Letters Ascended…

July 8, 2015, by

We cried out to the Eternal from the harsh sting of Pharaoh’s whip.  We wept by the waters of Babylon, bereft that our glorious Temple had been destroyed and we were driven to exile.  We were lost and vulnerable when we were cast out to the four corners of the globe when the Romans destroyed […]

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

In the first Haftarah of the 3 weeks preceding Tisha B’Av Jeremiah is called upon to warn the people that the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash is coming. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, making learning the Haftorah a […]

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