Monthly Archives: March 2007

Shabbos HaGadol II


This week is Shabbos HaGadol, literally translated as the Great Shabbos. The standard explanation for this term is that the Jewish People, prior to the Exodus from Egypt, tied the sheep that they were going to slaughter for the Korban … Continue reading

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Shabbos HaGadol


The Tur (O.C. 430) writes that the reason that the Shabbos that precedes Pesach is referred to as Shabbos HaGadol is because of the miracle that occurred to the Jewish People. The year that the Jewish People left Egypt, the … Continue reading

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Pesach: Festival of Freedom


Pesach is a time of freedom. What does freedom mean? The Mishnah in Avos teaches us that the true free person is one who toils in Torah study. If this is the case, why do we celebrate Pesach as a … Continue reading

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Moshe and the Bais HaMikdash


In this week’s parashah, Pekudei, it is said eileh fekudei HaMishkan mishkan haeidus asher pukad al pi Moshe avodas haleviim beyad Issamar Ben Aharon HaKohen, these are the reckonings of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle of Testimony, which were reckoned at … Continue reading

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Pesach Stringencies


The Heilegeh Ishbitzer in Mei HaShiloach quotes Reb Bunim MiParshischa who said that all the stringencies that the Jewish People adopt on Pesach are adornments to holiness, and this is alluded to in the verse that states (Shir HaShirim 1:!0) … Continue reading

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Names in the Megillah


Reb Yaakov Kaminetsky zt”l writes that we find many names in Egypt where the name consists of the letters pey, reish, and ayin. I have written in the past that in the Megillah there are many names that contain the … Continue reading

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Megiallh 13b Silver and the Tree


It is said in the Megillah (3:11) vayomer hamelech leHaman hakesef nasun lach, then the king said to Haman, “ the silver is given to you.” Tosfos in Megillah 13b writes that the word hakesef, the silver, equals in gematria … Continue reading

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