Delivered at the OU Israel Center by Rabbi Shai Finkelstein

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The Five Events That Occurred on the 17th of Tammuz
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One of the 5 events that occured on 17 Tammuz was the placing of an idol in the heichal by King Menashe. Menashe repented but in a different way than anyone else. How did Chazal view Menashe? What was the relationship between Menashe and his righteous father Chizkiyahu? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the […]
Rabbinic Aristocracy or Nepotism (Part One)
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How do you choose a successor? Why was Moshe upset that one of his children wasn’t chosen as his successor? Why did Moshe assume that one of his children would succeed him and why weren’t they? What does it tell us about the nature of leadership? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel […]
The Women Who Shaped the Talmud: Bruriah
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Watch part 1 here Download the mekorot here Part 2: Bruriah, the wife or Rebbi Meir In the Gemara in Brachot, Bruriah teaches her husband Rebbi Meir to see the potential in his wicked neighbors. In another story, Bruriah tells Rebbi Meir about the passing of 2 of their sons. What do they tell us […]