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 … Continue reading Lag BaOmer – The Haircut Holiday

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 … Continue reading ADV Parshas Acharei Mos Kedoshim

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 … Continue reading One’s Wisdom

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 … Continue reading Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim / פרשת אחרי מות־קדשים

ADV Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Parshas תזריע begins with a woman who gave birth. This is read in the appropriate time, since כלל ישראל was born as a nation on Pesach. If the woman gave birth to a son, there is a seven day טומאה period, similar to a Nida. Then the son has a Mila, her טומאה ends, and then there is a thirty three days of טהרה, after … Continue reading ADV Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Parashat Tazria-Metzora (She Bears Seed-Infected One) TORAH READING Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33 HAFTARAH II Kings 7:3 – 7:20 In the Torah portion Tazria, God instructs Moses about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth. God then describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy. In Metzora, God describes the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with … Continue reading Parashat Tazria-Metzora

LESSON SEVEN: ACTS PART 2

“Also the sons of the foreigner [l‘beni ha-nakar] who join themselves to HaShem, to serve Him, and to love the Name of HaShem, to be His servants – Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant – Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house shall … Continue reading LESSON SEVEN: ACTS PART 2

Shabbat Rest – The Completion of Creation

It took six days for God to create the heavens, the earth, and all within them. At first glance, an additional day seems unnecessary. Nevertheless, God created the seventh day and designated it for rest and cessation of labor. As a result, the world contains rest, blessing, and holiness. Thus we read: The heaven and the earth were finished, and all their array. On the … Continue reading Shabbat Rest – The Completion of Creation