The 3 Weeks

CITES OF REFUGE

You shall establish cities for yourselves, cities of refuge..[Bamidbar 35:11]
It is well known that the Parshios of Pinchas, Matos, and Masei, are always read during the Three Weeks. It is important to understand what relation these three Parshios have to the Three Weeks.
It is possible to say,…

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Power of the Peh

It is not a coincidence that the first Parsha in the month of Tamuz is Parshas Shelach - the Parsha of the Lashon Hara of the Meraglim. And it is not coincidental that the next few parshiyot in the month are also ones that relate to speech and machlokes.

The…

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A JUDGEMENT CALL

In the Talmud Yerushalmi (Ta'anis 4:5) there is a discussion of the events leading up to the breaking of the Luchos. Moshe ascended Mt. Sinai to receive the Torah, and told the nation that he would be there for 40 days. After what the Bnei Yisroel erroneously assessed to be…

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Building Ourselves

In considering the possibility of those who wish to build a Third Temple on har haBayis today, Rav Berkowitz shlit"a poses a powerful question:
Are we ready to eat from the korban Pesach?
In the time when the Beis Hamikdosh stood everyone would keep hilchos taharos even on chullin (an exceptionally…

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Fast Days

The Mishna Brura in Hilchos Tisha B'Av brings a powerful hint as to what we should be doing on a fast day. It brings the Posuk within the story of Yonah - when he went to Ninveh to tell them to do Teshuva.
The posuk explains that the people of…

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The 3 weeks – Internalising Knowledge II

This week marks the beginning of a 3 week period of mourning culminating in Tisha B’Av, the day when both Temples were destroyed.
Our sadness over the loss of the Temple is not about mourning over smashed bricks and destroyed buildings,but about the loss of the connection and relationship that…

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Bein Hametzarim

Heard this comforting Chasidic Tora bout Ben Hametzarim. The Passok from Eicha goes: "kol rodfeh hiseguha ben hametzarim",meaning that those who chased her 'got hold' of her in this time period [our enemies]. Yet theres anothor way to understand it...
"Any one who chases after Hashem (rodfeh ka) will find…

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