The sanctity of Jerusalem is the result of the beit hamikdash that was and will be rebuilt, even in the absence of a physical temple. What is the purpose of the temple (which is the source of Jerusalem’s holiness)? Delivered live at Torah New York, April 29th, 2018.
Misconception: One can fulfill the obligation to eat Seudah Shelishit (The Third Meal) on Shabbat by studying Torah in lieu of eating. FACT: The third Shabbat meal, Seudah Shelishit (colloquially termed “shalashudas”) is an obligatory meal that should ideally include bread. BACKGROUND: There is an obligation to eat three meals on Shabbat (Rambam, Shabbat 30:9; […]
How they chose a new leader when Rabban Gamliel was deposed, what were the considerations (including Rabban Gamliel’s dignity) and how that sheds light on choosing a leader. Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, May 17, 2018/3 Iyyar 5778
Can you turn on or adjust the volume of a hearing aid on Shabbos? Can you fulfill a mitzvah such as Reading the Megillah via a microphone, over skype, or television? Delivered at the OU Israel Center, May 16th, 2018, 2 Sivan 5778 Download the mekorot here
The articles in this series are based upon ideas expressed in the Rambam’s Moreh Nevuchim (The Guide for the Perplexed). Numbers in brackets represent the volume and chapter of Moreh Nevuchim where these ideas are discussed. Since God has no attributes, we are presented with a number of interesting phenomena: * God exists but He […]