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Jewish Holidays

Joy During the Nine Days

June 22, 2010, by

The Mishnah (Ta’anit 25b) says that once the month of Av begins, during the Nine Days, we have to reduce our joy. The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 551:2) rules according to the Rishonim who interpret this rule as meaning that we may not engage in business, build items that bring us pleasure or make preparations […]

Showering During the Nine Days

June 17, 2010, by

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 551:16) records a custom practiced by Ashkenazim of not bathing or showering during the Nine Days, from Rosh Chodesh of the month of Av until the end of the Tisha B’Av mourning. Rav Moshe Soloveichik explained the custom as follows: When someone’s relative dies, there are three periods of mourning […]

Getting Married on Shivah Asar BeTammuz

June 9, 2010, by

Fast days, with the exception of Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av, begin in the morning. Does that mean we can enjoy ourselves the night before? In particular, the Three Weeks, with the custom in memory of the destruction of the Temple of refraining from having parties, begin on Shivah Asar BeTammuz (this year observed on […]

Tisha B’av Kinot 5758

June 7, 2010, by

Privileged to Grieve – Empowered to Grow – Intensify, deepen and enhance your understanding of the fast day with this two-hour Tisha B’Av video featuring Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb taped live in 5758/1998 at Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, MD.

Shoftim: Fearfully Yours

August 18, 2009, by

One afternoon, Bill Clinton was sitting in his office when his telephone rang. “Hello Mr. Clinton,” a heavily accented voice says. “This is Yankel down in Tel-Aviv Israel. I am ringing to inform you that I am officially declaring war on you!” .. “Well, Yankel,” Bill replies, “This indeed is important news! Tell me, how […]

Re’eh: A Cloak of Mercy

August 12, 2009, by

A triplet of deviation plays a starring role in our parsha [Chapter 13]: First the false prophet [navi sheker] If a prophet arises among you or a dreamer of a dream, and he gives you an omen or a miracle, .. And the omen or the miracle happens— the one he told you about—saying, “Let […]

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