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Jewish Holidays

The Second “Beit HaMikdash,” Holy Temple, in Yerushalayim

July 19, 2011, by

The End of Prophecy – The Formulation of the Mishnah The Prophet Yirmiyahu had received a prophecy that the “exile” following the destruction of the First Temple would be relatively “short” (compared, in any case, to the approximate 2,000 year-long Exile we’re still in, but are, G-d willing, coming out of); namely, 70 years. Various […]

The First “Beit HaMikdash”: The Temple of Shlomo

July 19, 2011, by

The First Beit HaMikdash was actually built in the time of Shlomo HaMelech, King Solomon. Shlomo was the son of King David, who had conceived the idea of building a Temple for Hashem. The Construction The Bible tells us of the construction of this Temple in the Book of Melachim 1. Interestingly, whereas the Mishkan […]

The Attempt by David HaMelech to Build a Temple

July 19, 2011, by

“…But look, ‘Here am I, Sitting in a House of Cedar…’ ” (Shmuel II, 7:2) “David HaMelech, “ King David, had finally succeeded in bringing the Ark of the L-rd to “Ir David,” the City of David, in a joyous procession involving him “leaping and dancing” (Shmuel II, 6:16) before the L-rd. He was “at […]

The “Mishkan” in “Eretz Yisrael”

July 19, 2011, by

After the Jewish People entered the Land of Israel, they conquered the Land, under the visible leadership of Yehoshua bin Nun, disciple of and successor to Moshe, then divided it among the Tribes using a “lottery,” both actions, conquest and division, under the invisible leadership and direction of HaShem. During this period, the spiritual center […]

The Times of the “Mishkan” in the Wilderness

July 19, 2011, by

In his Introduction to “Sefer Shemot,” the RAMBAN indicates that one of the central themes in the second of the five Books of Moses is the regaining by the Jewish People of the level of closeness with the Divine Presence that had existed at the end of “Sefer Bereshit,” the first Book, between the Divine […]

Parshat Chayei Sarah: Eliezer is Sent to Find a Wife for Yitzchak

July 18, 2011, by

Parshat Chayei Sarah describes the mission of Eliezer, the servant of Avraham, to Avraham’s ancestral home, in order to find a wife for Yitzchak. The miracles that were performed for Eliezer during this mission are detailed, indicating that HaShem the Great Matchmaker, has selected Rivkah to be the bride of Yitzchak. When Eliezer returns from […]

“The Love Story,” A Tragedy with a Happy Ending!

July 18, 2011, by

One way of looking at Jewish History is that it is a “love story,” where the “main characters” are HaShem and the Jewish People (in fact, that is the theme of “Shir HaShirim,” the Song of Songs). The following is a micro-micro-miniature version of the same theme. There are moments of great closeness, and there […]

Because of Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza Yerushalayim was Destroyed

July 18, 2011, by

“Rabbi Yochanan said, ‘What is the meaning of the verse in The Book of “Mishlei” (Proverbs 28) which reads, ‘Fortunate is the one who is always fearful, but the one who is hard of heart will suffer misfortune?’ It was because of ‘Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza’ that Yerushalayim was destroyed …” “For there was a certain […]

Digest of The Laws of Tisha B’Av and the Three Weeks

July 18, 2011, by

HALAKHA GUIDE / הלכות (According to the Ashkenazic practice) Notes in [brackets] based upon contributions from Rabbi Ari Kahn, whom we thank for his valuable input! Abbreviations A.H. = Arukh HaShulĥan B.H. = Biur Halakha E.Y. = Even Yisrael (Fischer) K.H. = Kaf HaĤayim K.S.A. = Kitzur Shulĥan Arukh M.B. = Mishna Berura M.H. = […]

About the Three Weeks: A Chronology of Destruction

July 18, 2011, by

The following is a list of the major events leading up to the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. First Temple: 3316 Yehoyakim ben Yoshiyahu becomes King of Judea (II Kings 23:36) 3320 Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon conquers Judea. He removes part of the Temple’s holy vessels and children of the royal […]

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