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    Behar

    Easy Money?

    Rabbi Haggai Lundin | 16 Iyar 5784
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Reciting Holy Things Near Garbage Containers

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | 19 Shvat 5784
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    Daily Chizuk

    Our Brothers - The Entire House of Israel

    Everyone of us can alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters and bring the hostages home and hasten the successful end of the war. Here's how.

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Kislev 4 5784
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    Ein Ayha

    The Intension of Israel & that of the Gentiles

    Ein Ayah 3

    Ein Ayah 3

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | 21 Elul 5783
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    Current Events

    How do I see the situation in Israel?

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Av 5783
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    Chukat

    The Torah of Aaron

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tammuz 5783
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    Behar

    Everything that Heaven does has good within it

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Iyar 20 5783
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    Shmot

    The Jewish Mother

    As we begin the Book of Exodus in our public Torah readings this coming Shabbat, the Torah tells us that Pharaoh wished to destroy the Jewish Nation even in the maternity wards. He instructed the Jewish midwives, Shifra and Puah, to kill all Jewish male babies, and to allow only the girls to live. However, the Torah tells us, "The midwives feared G-d, and did not do what Pharaoh had told them, and rather let the babies live" (Ex. 1,16). The Midrash asks: "Is it not obvious, if they did not listen to Pharaoh, that they allowed the babies to live? Why must the Torah specify this?" The Midrash answers that the verse offers praise-within-praise to Shifra and Puah...

    Rabbi Moshe Leib Halberstadt | Tevet 20 5783
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    Additional Lessons

    What Really Happened to the Students of Rabbi Akiva?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Iyar 17 5782
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    Behar

    Moving Heaven and Earth

    Har Sinai is a kind of conduit, a connector between Heaven & Earth. It’s message is that every act we perform, every Mitzva we keep, reverberates & impacts both above & below.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Iyar 11 5782
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    Behar

    The Economics of Liberty

    Judaism has no class system. We are all God’s children, all precious in His sight, each with a contribution to make to the common good.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Iyar 11 5782
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    The Ten Plagues

    Why Do We Need an Acronym of the 10 Plagues? Why Do We Take Out Some Wine?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Nissan 5 5782
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    Tazria

    The Source of Jewish Strength

    "What is the source of Jewish strength? Let us be clear that we're not talking about military prowess, strong abilities in various fields, charisma, or even the strength to endure difficulties. Jewish power is of a totally different nature. It has a bit of all the above, but it also has an extra element, something wondrous and different – even bordering on a craziness..."

    Rabbi Yechezkel Frenkel | Adar II 29 5782
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    Igrot Hare’aya

    Questions about Torah Accounts of Creation – part I

    Igrot Hare’aya – Letters of Rav Kook #91

    Igrot Hare’aya – Letters of Rav Kook #91

    Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit | Adar I 5 5782
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    The Melachot

    Staining Matters

    On Shabbos, must I try not to stain my clothes? May I freshen my lipstick on Shabbos? Does bleaching out color violate the Melacha of dyeing?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tevet 25 5782
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    Torah Study

    What Is the Significance of the Number 40 in Jewish Tradition?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tevet 4 5782
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    Sefer Torah & Hashem's Names

    Using Hashem’s Name

    “I have a disturbed neighbor who often spews out abusive invective. I am concerned that her cursing may bring evil things upon me. What should I do? A close friend of mine often makes comments like ‘for G-d’s sake,’ can he be a witness in my wedding?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Kislev 19 5782
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    Peninei Halakha

    5. Weddings and Engagements during the Omer Period

    Chapter 3: Customs of Mourning during the Omer Period

    Now that we have discussed the duration of the mourning period, we will outline the laws of the various customs in detail

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | Tishrei 30 5782
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    Ki Tavo

    The Art of Listening

    Every Jewish holiday has a representative color. Each Yom Tov also connects to one of the senses. What sense connects to Rosh Hashana?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Elul 18 5781
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    Bechukotai

    Why Bad Things Happen To Good People

    Nothing is as challenging to our faith as seeming injustice and tragedy. How does a believing person reconcile an apparently cruel world with an Omnipotent and Merciful Creator?

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Iyar 26 5781
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    Having Faith in Hashem

    What Is Emuna & How To Get It

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | Adar 7 5781
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Women as Leaders

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tevet 19 5781
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    Igrot Hare’aya

    Igrot Hare’aya – Letters of Rav Kook

    Introduction

    Introduction

    Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit | Tevet 8 5781
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    Mincha and Ma'ariv

    When does Mincha Start?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Cheshvan 22 5781
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    Other Great Leaders

    Rav Lazer Shach – the Transmitter of Mesorah

    A shiur in honor and memory of Rav Shach, whose yahrzeit is on the 16th of MarCheshvan.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Cheshvan 15 5781
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    Brit Mila

    The Seudah of a Bris

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Cheshvan 9 5781
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    The Jewish Justice System

    Semicha and Sanhedrin Controversies of the 16th and 21st Centuries

    An explanation of the various halachic underpinnings of the Sanhedrin, including: What are the roles and responsibilities of the Sanhedrin? What exactly is semicha, and why is it such a central factor in the creation of the Sanhedrin? What attempts have been made in the last hundreds of years to reconvene a Sanhedrin and reestablish semicha?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Av 27 5780
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    Ekev

    What is the Significance of the "Sheva Minim" - the 7 Species?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Av 19 5780
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    Psuki D'zimra & Kri'at Shema

    Pesukei Dezimra: Fulfilling Hashem’s Only Desire

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Av 7 5780
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    Charity and Lending Money

    The Kosher Way to Collect a Loan

    Although it is a very big mitzvah to lend money, some people are reluctant to do so because they know of loans that proved difficult to collect. Must you lend someone money if you are not sure it will ever be repaid? What do you do if you lent money to someone who seemed very honest and sincere, but now that it comes time to repay, he informs you that he is penniless? What may you do and what may you not do to collect your money? How can you guarantee that you get your money back?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Shvat 22 5780
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    Covenant & Conversation

    Crossing the Sea

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Shvat 7 5780
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    Various Subjects

    Understanding the Shalom Zachor

    Rabbi Avraham Rosenthal | Cheshvan 12 5780
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    Various Subjects

    The Torah’s Instructions to Non-Jews—The Laws of Bnei Noach

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Ceshvan 1 5780
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Trips during the Nine Days

    I run a camp for children under bar mitzva during a period that includes the Nine Days. We usually take them on trips off campus once a week. Is it permitted to do so during the Nine Days?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tamuz 26 5779
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    The Laws of Kashrut

    Must I Toivel This?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tamuz 25 5779
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    The Laws of Three Weeks

    May I Attend a Wedding During the Three Weeks?

    I live in a predominantly Ashkenazic community where the “Three Weeks” are observed with no music, and certainly no celebrations or weddings. A Sefardic family in the neighborhood has scheduled a wedding during the Three Weeks.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tamuz 22 5779
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Engagement Parties during the Three Weeks

    Is it permitted to make an engagement party during the Three Weeks (i.e., before Rosh Chodesh Av)?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tamuz 18 5779
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    Gemilut Chasadim

    Taking Care of the Ill -- The Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Sivan 22 5779
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    Wedding and Sheva Berachot

    Fasting on the Wedding Day

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Sivan 9 5779
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    When to Make a Beracha for Inheritance

    The executor of my mother’s will is starting to distribute funds. I saw in P’ninei Halacha (online) that the beneficiaries should say Hatov V’hameitiv when they receive the funds. In our case, distribution will be piecemeal. When/how often should I recite the beracha?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Nisan 27 5779
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    Additional Lessons

    What Is the Brocha?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Nisan 6 5779
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Davening Late with a Minyan

    I went for Shabbat for a family simcha to a community with one shul, which started tefilla at 10:00 AM, after sof z’man tefilla. Was it better to daven with a minyan or by myself at the right time?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Adar I 29 5779
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    Shul

    Shul Building

    Part 1

    Part 1

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Adar I 23 5779
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Bar Metzra

    I want to soon sell my semi-detached house, which, as is common, is officially owned by the Jewish Agency and rented by me. Do the halachot of giving precedence to buy to adjacent property owners (bar metzra) apply in my case? If yes: does the owner of the other half of my building take precedence over the neighbor from an adjacent building? Do I have to allow my neighbors bargain with me? If they decline at my asking price and someone else bargains me down, do I have to return to the neighbors with that price?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Cheshvan 23 5779
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    Shoftim

    Can a Sheitel be Prohibited Because of Avodah Zarah?

    A Background Discussion about the use of Indian Hair

    A Background Discussion about the use of Indian Hair

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Elul 5 5778
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Lateral Position of Tefillin Shel Rosh

    Part II

    Must the tefillin shel rosh be exactly in the middle of the head, to the extent that some people spend several seconds fixing it in front of a mirror?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Av 27 5778
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    Re'e

    The Torah of Rav Yehosef Schwartz

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Av 27 5778
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    Shul

    Where Should I Pray?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tamuz 15 5778
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    Korach

    The Halachos of Pidyon Haben

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Sivan 29 5778
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    Sefirat Haomer

    Forgetting a Day of Sefirat Ha'Omer

    Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon | 5778
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    Covenant & Conversation

    The Power of Praise

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Nisan 27 5778
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    Miketz

    The Stuff of Dreams

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Kislev 24 5778
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    Covenant & Conversation

    The Faith of God

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Kislev 2 5778
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    “Ba’omer” or “La’omer”?

    Which is the correct version of counting the omer – “… yamim la’omer” or “… yamim ba’omer”? Is there a content difference or only a grammatical one between them?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Iyar 4 5777
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Double Wrapping Food in a Treif Oven

    I know that sometimes when warming something in a not kosher oven or a milchig food in a fleishig oven, he double wraps the food. When is this necessary and why?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Kislev 4 5777
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Color of the Inside of the Retzuot (Tefillin Straps)

    Until recently, I had only seen tefillin retzuot blackened on one side, but when I went to buy tefillin for my son, the sofer suggested retzuot that are black on both sides. He says these are now common and preferable, and the price difference is modest. Which is better to buy?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tishrei 24 5777
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    Sukkot

    Sukkah Walls

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tishrei 8 5777
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    Ki Tavo

    Practices of the Tochacha

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Elul 16 5776
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    How Many Eggs Should be Boiled Together?

    When making hardboiled eggs, may one cook one or two eggs or must there be at least three? Also, does it make a difference if there is an even or odd number

    Rabbi Daniel Mann
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Timtum Halev – Part II

    Is there timtum halev [approximately, spiritual pollution of the heart] when one ingests non-kosher food in a halachically valid manner, e.g., based on bitul (nullification)?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Adar I 8 5776
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Timtum Halev – Part I

    Is there timtum halev [approximately, spiritual pollution of the heart] when one ingests non-kosher food in a halachically valid manner, e.g., based on bitul (nullification)?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Adar I 1 5776
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    P'ninat Mishpat

    Introduction and Biography of the Noda B’Yehuda

    After an extended period of presenting ideas of the Chatam Sofer on monetary disputes, we move on to a shorter series on the works of Rav Yechezkel Segal Landau, often called the Noda B’yehuda. (Although Rav Landau served as a dayan for many years, poskim do not usually publicize their rulings on cases in which they served as a dayan, but on questions asked by other rabbis. The Noda B’yehuda did not include many such cases in his reponsa.) Many view the Chatam Sofer and the Noda B’Yehuda as two of a kind. They were in the same basic time period (Rav Landau was around 50 years older), they were important rabbis of important communities at critical times, and the works of each are among the most respected and quoted by Acharonim.

    Various Rabbis | Tevet 8 5776
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    Lech Lecha

    Why was Abraham chosen?

    Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon | 5778
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    Shlach Lecha

    The Mitzva of Settling the Land of Israel (Yishuv HaAretz), in Our Day

    Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon | Sivan 5775
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    Prayer

    The Bedtime Shema

    Chapter Twenty Six

    Chapter Twenty Six

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5775
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    Prayer

    The Time to Recite Keriat Shema and Ma'ariv

    Chapter Twenty Five-Part Two

    Chapter Twenty Five-Part Two

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5775
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    Prayer

    Days on Which Tachanun Is Not Recited

    Chapter Twenty One-Part Three

    Chapter Twenty One-Part Three

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5775
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    Prayer

    Nefillat Apayim and the Prayers of Supplication

    Chapter Twenty One-Part One

    Chapter Twenty One-Part One

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5775
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    Prayer

    Errors, Additions, and Omissions in the Amidah

    Chapter Eighteen-Part One

    Chapter Eighteen-Part One

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5775
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    Prayer

    ?How we should dress for Prayer

    Chapter five-part two

    Chapter five-part two

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5775
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    Prayer

    The chazan

    Chapter four-part one

    who should be a chazan? there is such a thing "proper chazan"?

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5775
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    Prayer

    Who Can Be Counted in a Minyan?

    Chapter Two-part three

    Can every ten men be a Minyan or are there other conditions?

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
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    Revivim

    Soaps and Cosmetics Kosher for Passover? (And a review of Pesach laws)

    How to manage the cosmetics and medicines issue on Passover.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5575
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    Exile and Redemption

    Prayer for Redemption and Blessings for Mashiach

    Special prayer to hasten our final redemption attributed to the Ramchal. Which blessings will we say when the Messiah comes?

    Rabbi Avraham (Abe) Abrahami
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    The Laws of Kashrut

    Keeping Kosher - Eating Out

    Rabbi David Sperling
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    Bechukotai

    What is a Temurah?

    “Why does the Torah mention the mitzvah of temurah twice at the end of this week’s parshah, once at the beginning of Chapter 27 and again at its end?”

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Additional Lessons

    Mizmor Lesodah and Pesach

    Why is Mizmor Lesodah not recited on specific occasions? Must we stand while reciting it? Some background and halachos regarding Psalm 100.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Tazria

    Diseases in the Torah

    Hirsch At Your Table

    A brief Dvar Torah on the Parsha, based on R. Samson Raphael Hirsch’s Torah Commentary

    Rabbi Matityahu Clark
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    A Nation and its Halachot

    Explaining the Mitzvah of Pidyon Shevuyim

    The Commandment of Redeeming Captives

    Is savining a child from being raised non-Jewish considered Pidyon shevuyim? Is there a mitzvah of pidyon shevuyim when someone was captured because he was doing something irresponsible or illegal?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Kashrut

    Milk Spoon in a Meat Sink or Dishwasher

    Kashrut in a Nutshell

    The Halacha of meaty, dairy and parve cutlery washed together in the sink or dish washer, with hot or cold water.

    Rabbi David Sperling
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    Other Great Leaders

    Rav Lazer Shach – the Transmitter of Mesorah

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Jewish Holidays

    The Laws of Yom Tov

    A summary of the general laws of Yom Tov: Cooking, preparing food, showering and Eruv Tavshilin.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed
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    Additional Lessons

    The Prohibition of Chanufah

    When is it permitted to honor a person and when is there the prohibition of flattery?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Tasting Non-Kosher Wine

    Various Rabbis | 5773
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    Prayer

    Ata Yatzarta – An unusual Beracha

    The Prayer of Shabbat - Rosh Chodesh

    Shabbos is our acknowledgement of Hashem as Creator of the Universe, whereas Rosh Chodesh demonstrates the role of mankind as the purpose of the Creation of this world. Shabbat, which demonstrates the Creation of the universe, together with Rosh Chodesh, which demonstrates Man’s role in Creation warrant a special beracha and a special declaration of G-d creating the world.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Kashrut

    Separating Challah when the Owner is not Observant

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Beha'alotcha

    The High Priest and the Menora

    The process and commandment of lighting the menorah served as a constant reminder to the High Priest of the important role that he was to always play in the furtherance of Torah and holiness in Jewish society.

    Rabbi Berel Wein
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    Jerusalem Day

    Memories and regrets

    The Six Day War brought to the Jewish world a sense of unity and solidarity that since then has never been matched. The stark divisions in the Jewish world have since then been magnified and intensified

    Rabbi Berel Wein
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    Behar

    Shemittah revisited

    The laws of Shmita - the seventh year in Israel and over seas

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Mitzvot of the Land of Israel

    The Fruits of the Fourth Year

    What are the laws related to fruit growin on a tree in its fourth year?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Laws of Shabbat

    Showering on Shabbat

    May someone soak an infected toe in hot water on Shabbos? May I take a quick dip in the pool on a Shabbos when it is 105 degrees in the shade? Is bathing on Shabbos permitted to alleviate a minor skin condition?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Shehecheyanu, Clothes, and Renovations During Sefira

    Rabbi Daniel Mann
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    Laws of Shabbat

    Writing on Shabbat

    May I write my initials on a frosty window on Shabbos?, May I communicate with someone on Shabbos by making the motions of writing the letters?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Mishkan or Mikdash

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Adar 5773
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Hamapil for Those Who Take a Long Time to Fall Asleep

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Shvat 5773
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    Additional Lessons

    Frequent Questions about Mitzvat Yishuv Eretz Yisrael

    The issue of whether Mitzvat Yishuv Eretz Yisrael is one of the 613 mitzvot is just about the most irrelevent of all the so important aspects of Eretz Yisrael. This shiur explains the shotot of the Megilat Esther, R. Chaim in Tosafot, and R. Moshe Feinstein.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Shvat 5773
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    Marriage and Relationships

    A Layman's Guide to some Halachic Aspects

    What do I need to bring to a wedding? Who escorts the bride and groom down the isle? Finally, a short step by step birds eye view of the Jewish wedding.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5773
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    Happy Occasions

    Explaining the Customs of Bris Milah

    The mitzvah of Bris Milah has been enhanced by many beautiful customs. We will explain the background of these minhagim in the course of a guide to the honors bestowed during a bris and the steps of a bris procedure.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Additional Lessons

    The Laws of Tumas Meis

    When the Beis Hamikdash is rebuilt, bimheirah beyameinu, the laws of tumah will affect us all, since we will be required to be tahor in order to enter the Beis Hamikdash, to eat korbanos and maaser sheini, and in order to separate challah and terumah.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5772
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Crock pot use on Shabbat

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | 5772
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    Prayer

    The Significance of Tachanun

    Although the importance of the tefillah of Tachanun is underappreciated by many, it should not be; it is actually based on Moshe Rabbeinu’s successful entreating of Hashem on Har Sinai to spare Klal Yisrael from punishment after their grievous sins: “Va’esnapel lifnai Hashem (Devarim 9:18, 25) - And I threw myself down in prayer before G-d,” (Tur, Orach Chayim 131).

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5772
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    Chayei Sara

    Does Mrs. Cohen Go to the Head of the Line?

    Whom do we need to give kavod?

    You are waiting patiently in the checkout line at “The Kosher Grocer,” together with three other women -- the Rebbitzen of your shul, the widowed Rebbitzen of a famous Rosh Yeshiva, and Mrs. Cohen, who is the wife of a kohen at your shul. Do you have a mitzvah or a requirement to step aside and allow either of the Rebbitzens or the kohen’s wife to go first?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Yom Kippur

    Who Knows Thirteen?

    A complete rundown of the Selichos and the 13 Attributes of Mercy

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5772
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    Various Subjects

    Why Parshas Naso Sometimes Introduces Shavuos

    Understand the science behind the Parsha of the week and its place in a ever versatile calendar

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5771
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    Various Subjects

    Some Shatnez Basics

    Background on the issue of Shatnez. In what situations is there reallyproblem?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5771
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    Various Subjects

    Performing a Proper Hesped

    The Halachot of a 'Eulogy'

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5771
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    Modesty - Tznius

    Tzeniut in the light of the Maharal

    Adapted from Netivot Olam

    Tzniut - Restrictions or Protection?

    Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Porat | 5771
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    Various Subjects

    Redeeming a Firstborn Donkey!

    The Mitzvah of redeeming the first born Donkey - a long lost Halacha or a practical law for Donkey owners and riders in today's times ??

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5770
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    Chayei Sara

    Isaac's Afternoon Prayer

    Rabbi Chanan Morrison | 5770
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    The Haggadah

    Shir Hashirim

    Deeper meaning of Shir Hashirim, The Song Of Songs.

    Various Rabbis | 5770
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    Laws of Shabbat

    Assembling Portable Cribs and Adjusting Shtenders on Shabbos

    Milechet Boneh with movable items, removing leaves from the table, Assembling Portable Cribs, adjusting Shtenders on Shabbat and more.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5770
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    Vayigash

    It’s About Time - The Bracha of Shehechiyanu

    The laws of Birkat Shehechiyanu, which comes first Shehechiyanu or the blessing on the food? reciting the Shehechiyanu on house renovations and on similar fruits, reciting the Shehechiyanu on a Mitzva, the first time lighting candles.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5770
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    Brachot on Food and on Smell

    Pizza, Pretzels and Pastry

    When is the Bracha Hamotzi and when is it a Mezonot?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff
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    Ein Ayah

    Finding a Good Wife

    Various Rabbis | 6 SHVAT 5769
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    Lech Lecha

    Hatzalah and Shabbos Emergencies

    A summary of PIKUACH NEFESH Halachot on Shabbat. What if I do not now if it is a life threatening emergency? Who should drive? A man or a woman? A Jew or a Non-Jew? and more....

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5769
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    The Israeli State and Goverment

    Are We Obligated to Pay Taxes?

    It seems to me that when a king comes to power, the Knesset will not be disbanded; neither will the institution of elections be discontinued. The government will not lose its importance. There will still be a need to run the state as we know it today.

    Rabbi Baruch Paz | 5769
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    Various Subjects

    Anyone for a Giraffe Burger?

    Which are the "Kosher Animals"? Are Giraffes and Baffalos Kosher? Can one rely on the Kosher Simanim even when there is no Mesorah?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Av 5768
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    The Art of T'shuva

    Three Stages OF T'shuva

    Chapter Two

    Chapter Two

    Rabbi David Samson | Av 5768
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    The Laws of Three Weeks

    Explaining the Other Laws of the Three Weeks

    Halachot that apply during the three weeks: marriage, dancing, playing and listening to music, singing and reciting the Shehechiyanu Bracha.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Av 2 5768
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    Beha'alotcha

    A Two-Edged Cloud

    Various Rabbis | Sivan 5768
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    Redemption - Geula

    When Moshiach Comes

    A summary of the different Brachot we will bless when the Moshiach will walk through the door.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Iyar 5768
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    The Meaning Sefirat Ha'omer

    Days of the Omer and Refining Character Traits

    Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students died during the Omer counting period. Why did they die precisely during these days? Is there any connection between the Torah commandments applying to the Omer period and the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s students at this time?

    Rabbi Chananya Malka | Iyar 5768
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    Shmitta

    What is an Otzar Beis Din, and is it Good for the Jews?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Iyar 5768
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    Pesach Sheni

    SECOND CHANCES

    Pesach Sheini

    Pesach Sheini

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Iyar 5768
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    The Life of Tzaddikim

    Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes

    Iyar 14 is the Hilulah (death anniversary) of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes. Tradition has it that Rabbi Meir asked to be buried in an upright position so that, when the Messiah comes and the dead are resurrected, he be able to run to greet him with no delay.

    Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Zt"l | Iyar 5768
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    Basics of Financial Laws

    The Rights of a Copyright Holder

    What is the halachic background to copyright law? Does the Torah have a concept of intellectual property rights, meaning that someone who creates or invents an item is owner of his invention? May a rav prevent people from taping his shiur? May one copy computer software or music disks?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Iyar 5768
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    Basics of Financial Laws

    Practical Halachos of Civil Litigation

    Can I go to a civil or secular court? What about with a non-Jew or non-Jewish court? What if I am sued? An essential article about going to Jewish court of law.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5768
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    Berachot - Blessings

    A Sweet Bracha

    What Bracha Does One Recite over Chocolate-Covered Raisins?

    How is Chocolate made? What is its Bracha? What about sugar cane, What Bracha is made on it?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Kislev 5768
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    Tzedaka - Charity

    Should I Limit How Much Tzedakah I Give?

    Who should I give Tzedaka to? How much? What are critical cases? How do we help them?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Kislev 5768
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    Berachot - Blessings

    Important Eating

    Which Bracha do I make on a plate with two kinds of Brachot? This article defines Ikar and Tafeil in Brachot.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Kislev 5768
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    Emor

    The Laws of Tumat Met

    What is Tumat Met all about? Who, when and how?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Wednesday, 26 Cheshvan 5768
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    Rain in Israel

    The Three Keys

    "R' Yochanan said: Three keys the Holy One blessed be He has retained in His own hands and not entrusted to the hand of any messenger, namely, the Key of Rain, the Key of Childbirth, and the Key of the Revival of the Dead"

    Rabbi Uzi Kalchaim zt"l | Wednesday, 28 Tishrei 5768
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    Eretz Agada

    The Ten Tribes Beyond the Sambatyon

    The road from Babylon to the Land of Israel passes through Syria, and many of the returning exiles got stuck there, beyond the Sambatyon River. Though largely unobservant, they were protected from assimilation by the observance of the Sabbath.

    Rabbi Mordechai Hochman | Iyar 5767
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    Various Subjects

    The Laws Relating to Converts

    The laws relating to Jewish converts are most astounding. Despite the criticism directed at the Jewish people on the grounds that Judaism is racist, the Torah teaches us that any non-Jew who earnestly seeks to join the Jewish people may do so.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
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    Emor

    The Power of Speech

    Parashat Emor

    Parashat Emor

    Rabbi Meir Goldwicht | Iyar 5766
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    Pathways in Personality Development

    21. The Dangers of Pride

    Just as “cleanliness” must reside in deeds, so must it reside in traits. The work involved in changing one's traits is more difficult than that involved in changing one's deeds. This is because changing traits means doing battle with one's own nature.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed
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    Bechukotai

    Parasha Summary - Bechukotai

    An Overview of the Torah Portion

    An Overview of the Torah Portion

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss
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    Various Subjects

    A Woman's Obligation to Pray

    According to most authorities, women are no less obligated to pray than men. Therefore, they must pray “Amida” in the morning and the afternoon (“Shacharit” and “Mincha”). The evening Amida prayer (“Maariv”), on the other hand, is voluntary.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5766
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    Various Subjects

    Morning Prayer Times

    How early may one begin praying in the morning? When is it too early to recite the Shema? When is it too late? Should mountains be taken into account when calculating the sunrise? Rabbi Eliezer Melamed addresses these and other pertinent issues.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5764
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    Articles about Shavuot

    Firstfruits of the Wheat Harvest

    National liberation, in its initial stages, awakens great excitement. After this, though, one begins to sense that freedom is not the solution to all problems. Only with the receiving of the Torah do the firstfruit Festivals draw to a close.

    Rabbi Adin Even-Yisrael (Steinsaltz) | 5764
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    The Laws of Sefirat Ha'omer

    Mourning Customs During the Omer

    The days between Passover and Shavuot are marked by pain; twenty-four thousand of Rabbi Akiva’s students died therein. Consequently, it is customary to observe mourning practices during this period - weddings, haircuts, and dancing are all forbidden.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5764
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    Shmini

    Aaron, Moses, and the High Priesthood

    Parashat Shmini

    “Moses and Aaron went into the Tent of Meeting, and they came out and blessed the people, and God’s glory appeared before the entire nation.” Moses had the power to channel the blessing earthward and Aaron had the capacity to receive it for the entire Nation of Israel

    Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaLevi Kilav
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    Marriage and Relationships

    The Role of Parents in Marriage

    Today, parents can fulfill the commandment of marrying off their children by providing them with a good education at prestigious schools, supporting them so that they be able to learn a profession, and clothing them in attractive attire.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 5764
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    Chassidish Stories

    Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk: The Pioneering Rebbe

    It would appear that his thirst for closeness to God, and his great longing for the Holy Land - the land wherein the Divine Presence rests - shook his inner being so strongly that no worldly enjoyment could compare to living in the land of Israel.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | Iyar, 5763
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    Jerusalem Day

    The Crowns of Jerusalem

    Jerusalem’s eminence stems from its being the city of the Holy Temple, the home of the kingdom of Israel, and the Torah center of the world. In liberating Jerusalem we merited advancing toward the full revelation of the greatness of the Holy City.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Iyar 5763
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    Coping with Difficulties

    Settling Eretz Yisrael

    : Sometimes an act which results in severe short-term damage, serves the important role of making a clear statement concerning the importance of settling the Land, and impresses upon all the preference of Divine law over transient political rulings.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 17 Cheshvan, 5763
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    Various Shiurim

    Principles in Learning Gemmarah

    Learning Methods and Basic Teaching Techniques; Preparation for the Lesson; Anything Added Only Detracts; Self Learning and Actively Involving the Students;

    Rabbi David Samson | 5754
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    The Haggadah

    The Month of Nissan - A Unique Possession

    The month of Nissan resembles the heart. The heart sustains everything, sending blood to all of the body's organs. Regarding Nissan it is written, "Safeguard the month of spring," for it symbolizes the return of life to the trees after their long winter dormancy.

    Rabbi Chaim Avihau Schwartz | nissan 5762
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    Yom Haatzmaut

    What are we so happy about?

    It is not the state that is sick but the nation. Were it not for the establishment of the state who knows what would have happened to the Jewish people from a spiritual point of view.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | 24 Iyar 5755
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    Rav Shim'on Bar Yochai

    Lag BaOmer

    The accepted way of marking the death of a righteous person is by fasting. How then is it that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai's expiration has become occasion for joy and festivity?

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | Iyar 5761
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