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לקחי ירבעם לימינו

לקחי ירבעם לימינו

יש לשאול, למה לא ראה ירבעם לקבוע חגים גם תחת פסח ושבועות, ולמה הוא העמיד בתי במות בבית אל ובדן, ולא בשכם, פנואל, ותרצה, הערים שהיו בירותיו, ולמה מלכי ישראל שהמשיכו בדרכיו השאירו את הבמות מחוץ לשומרון בירתם? ויש לומר שאולי ברצונו היה לשנות את תאריכי כל העליות לרגל, אבל לא יכל, דהנה כל העם … Continue reading

Q&A: Mikveh for Men

Question: Is it true that a shower can replace immersing in a mikveh? Answer: Absolutely not. Whenever the Torah requires a ritual immersion, it must be done in a kosher mikveh or ma’yan. The position of the Sadducees and the Karaites was and is that ritual ablutions do not require a ritual bath, and because … Continue reading

A Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

A Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

This year, for the first time in my life, the one who was about to read the m’gilla in the synagogue announced that he was going to be reading the second word of verse 3:4 as both k’omram, as per the tradition, and as b’omram, as per the way it appears written in the text. … Continue reading

Q&A: Matchmaking

Question: What did Hazal think of life insurance? Answer: They were for it in a certain sense. A man should marry the daughter of a talmid hachamim so that if he dies, his children will be talmidei hachamim. (P’sahim 49b) Explanation: As the point of marriage is to produce children, it is important for one … Continue reading