There's a Haza"l saying, a saying by our Sages, which goes: Every generation in which the Temple is not built a new, is like a generation in which it is destroyed Each and every year that the Temple is not yet rebuilt, we are told that we must feel such disappointment - just as if … Continue reading Temple Destroyed 2017?
At the close of our portion of this week (Pinchas), we learn about all the sacrifices of Mussafim, the additional sacrifices which are to be offered on holy days- the Shabbats, Chagim, & beginnings of months - the Rashey Chodashim. On all the Holy days, starting from Rosh Chodesh, through Pessach and Shavuot (Jewish Pentecost) … Continue reading Did you see where that Bull go? – Accepting Responsibility
Israel on Mt Sinai used a strange formula. נעשה ונשמע We shall do, (perform, observe) , and we shall hear It should have been vice versa! First you hear and listen, then you do what should be done. Of course "hear" here means harken, understand. Our vow at Mt Sinai was to observe the Mitzvot, … Continue reading The Secret of the Angels
The Midrash says that our forefathers, Avraham, Yizhak & Yaakov, fulfilled all of the 613 Mitzvot of the Torah, of their own initiative, through their own intuition. קיימו האבות את התורה, אפילו עירובי תבשילים. Our fathers fulfilled the Torah - even Eruvey Tavshilin! (which is a decree of our Sages, obviously at a much later age). … Continue reading Their Torah or Ours?
Today is La"g BaOmer, which is a special day not only because of the Sefira itself, and because it's the day in which ceased the plague which inhilated 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva's pupils. It is also the Hilula of Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai זיע"א, the day of his parting from this world. Rashb"i was a … Continue reading Where was Kabala before Rabbi Shimon?