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When Seven Meets Eight (Chanukah)

Oct 21, 2009 by Rabbi Pesach Siegel

We commemorate the oil lasting for eight days. The seven branched menorah in the Beis HaMikdash burned for eight days. A question arises, shouldn’t we do the same thing? Why don't we add a significant amount of oil to a seven branched menorah, enough to burn for eight...Read More

A Peek Behind the Veil (Purim)

Oct 21, 2009 by Rabbi Pesach Siegel

  At the conclusion of the Megillah reading we sing out the words of the piyut, Shoshanas Ya’akov tzahalah vesamecha bir’osam yachad techeles Mordechai”. Our voices echo the words of the Bnei Yisroel who, through the grace of Hashem, had been...Read More

The Power of

Oct 21, 2009 by Rabbi Pesach Siegel

  The Gemora (Yevamos 62b) tells us that 12,000 chavrusos, the talmidim of Rabi Akiva died. They died in the days between the holidays of Pesach and Shavuos. They died because they didn’t afford respect to one another. The gemora teaches us that even if...Read More

Mountain of Cheese (Shavuos)

Oct 21, 2009 by Rabbi Pesach Siegel

I’ve always wondered. It is customary to partake of milchigs on Shavuos.  One reason given for this custom is related to the name of Har Sinai. It is called Har Gavnunim, the mountain of cheese (Rav Shamshon Ostropolier). This appears to be just a play on words,...Read More

Solar Power

Oct 21, 2009 by Rabbi Pesach Siegel

  The mishna tells us that five tragedies occurred on shiva asar biTammuz. The luchos habris were shattered by Moshe Rabeinu, King Menashe placed a pair of idols within the confines of the first Beis HaMikdash, The Greek king Apustumos had a sefer torah...Read More

A Time to Rejoice? (Tisha B'av)

Oct 21, 2009 by Rabbi Pesach Siegel

The period between the fasts of Shiva Asar BiTammuz and Tisha B’Av is referred to as “bein hametzarim” – between the narrow straits. There is a link, a process, which began with the first breech in the wall of Yerushalayim and culminated with the...Read More

Heavenly Embrace (Sukkos)

Oct 21, 2009 by Rabbi Moshe Lieber

The Yom Tov of Succos is called Zman Simchaseinu. Rambam writes that there was a special simcha in the Beis HaMikdash, the Simchas Beis HaShoeivah, which celebrated the drawing of the spring water that was poured on the Mizbaiach on Succos. Clearly this mitzvah of pouring...Read More

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