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  • Pesach Sheni
    Pesach Sheni (Hebrew: שני פסח, trans. Second Passover) occurs every year on 14 Iyar. This is exactly one month after 14 Nisan, the day before Passover, which was the day prescribed for bringing the Korban Pesach (“Paschal offering”, i.e. Passover lamb) in anticipation of that holiday.[1] As described in the source text for this mitzvah (Numbers 9:1-14), the Israelites were about to celebrate Passover one …
  • Lag BaOmer – The Haircut Holiday
    Is there really a holiday that we celebrate with haircuts?Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 493:1-2 (1) It is customary not to get married between Pesach and Shavuot, until Lag BaOmer (the 33rd day), because during that time, the students of Rabbi Akiva died. However, to do “erusin” and “kiddushin” (engagement and betrothal) is OK. And even for “nisuin” (marriage), if someone did so, we do not …
  • ADV Parshas Acharei Mos Kedoshim
    1 אחרי מות קדושים ים בס”ד During the ימי הספירה, the weather is warmer and the יצה”ר is in full bloom, and so we temper the יצה”ר by learning פרקי אבות. This learning also prepares us for מתן תורה by giving us tools to perfect our characters. PParshas אתרי מות is a continuation of מצורה which ends withדוה בנדתו , a דוה בנדתו, a נדה …
  • One’s Wisdom
    “When One’s Wisdom is Greater than One’s Deeds, One’s Wisdom Shall Not Last” The Mishnah in Pirkei Avot (Chapter 3, Mishnah 12) states: “When one’s deeds are greater than one’s wisdom, one’s wisdom shall last; when one’s wisdom is greater than one’s deeds, one’s wisdom shall not last.” The Tashbetz explains in his Sefer Magen Avot regarding this teaching that this cannot be understood according …
  • Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim / פרשת אחרי מות־קדשים
    The Value of Reverence Parshas Acharei Mos Kedoshim 1. The Value of ReverenceThe Torah states, “Every man: your father and mother shall you revere. My Sabbaths shall you observe – I am Hashem, your G’d.” Rashi cites the Gemara, which explains that there is a Torah obligation to revere one’s parents, therefore one may think that if his father commands him to violate the Shabbos …