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Yad Peshuta and Hallel

Yad Peshuta and Hallel

When our study group reached Maimonides’s laws of Megilla and Purim, I had the privilege to speak to Rabbi Nachum Rabinovitch concerning Maimonides’s view of the propriety of saying Hallel on Hanukka and Purim and any day that may fit their template. When the Purim miracle occurred, the Rabbinic consensus was to establish an eternal … Continue reading

When Peace Has No Meaning

When Peace Has No Meaning

The Google defintion of peace is “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.” it has yet to be explained how the State and People of Israel capitulating to the demands of their sworn enemies is to lead to the aforementioned state of affairs. Indeed, it makes much more sense that any gesture, concession, or tradeoff (if … Continue reading

Why Hanukka and Purim Will Remain

Why Hanukka and Purim Will Remain

Basically, the major biblical holidays were agricultural celebrations. Over the course of the exile, they lost their significance, and we created replacement meanings for them. We can therefore well understand why, of all the ancient holidays, Hazal felt that only Hanukka and Purim will remain. In essence, they represent different but still eternal aspects of … Continue reading