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Why Dairy?

One of the minhagim that many in Klal Yisrael perform on Shavuos is that they are careful to eat a Yom Tov meal that is dairy. At first glance, this would seem to be an unusual custom. What is its deeper significance, and why is it a custom that is specifically in tune with the…

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Rabbi Perr on Shavuos

The following shiur is a very moving piece on Torah and Shavuos that was given by my Rosh Yeshiva in 5767. The running time is about 45 minutes, and there is much to be gained from listening to it. Click here to hear the shiur.

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Gr"a on Redemption notes V

In the previous post, we left off in the middle of the notes of R’ Maltzin on chapter 11, number 6. Here we continue. Just as the the sun’s rays pour out upon the moon and stars, so too, in every generation, there is a spark of Moshe Rabbenu that shines through someone in the…

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Behar-Bechukosai – Connection through disconnection

Why is Shmitah only in Israel, whereas Shabbos is all over the world? Not keeping Shmitah causes the Jewish people to be sent into exile. What is the connection? Why is the concept of Shmitah followed by the parsha of Bechukosai – to toil in Torah? What is עמלות? What is the significance of the…

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Shmini Atzeres – V'zos Habracha

What is the significance of the fact that Simchas Torah is always on Shmini Atzeres? Why is it that V’zos Habracha is the only Parsha that does not need to be read on a Shabbos? Why is the Torah specifically completed on this day? What is the significance of what Hashem showed Moshe right before…

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Moshiach's horn, Moshiach's crown

Recently, while learning the sefer Nefesh Hachaim, I discovered a Gemara that he quotes in Avodah Zarah that has very interesting implications. The Gemara there says that when Adam saw the sun go down on the first Friday night, he thought that it was because of his sin, and that the sun would not rise…

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Haazinu – Connecting Heaven and Earth

How Does Moshe call the Heavens and Earth to be his witnesses? Can inanimate objects bear witness? How is this testimony linked to the Jewish people’s acceptance of the Torah? How is this theme a prelude to Yom Kippur? Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast.

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Shechem, Yosef and Dina

Some wild and interesting thoughts occurred to me last week, and I hope you will indulge me for a few moments. I do not have a source for any of my conclusions, but the basis is information you will recognize, and the implications will be quite intriguing. When the Torah describes Dina’s birth, the commentaries…

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Banishing exile's darkness

Last week, I got a surprising phone call. I was asked if I would sing at a yeshiva’s siyum on Thursday, right after the fast of the 17th of Tamuz. As the the three weeks would have already begun, this meant that there would be no music, just my voice to lead the dancing and…

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Shmini

In this week’s Parsha podcast, we discuss the depths of the lessons that one can discern within the two requirements of a Kosher animal – chewing its cud and having split hooves.

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