The Conceptual Distinction Between “Shnei” and “Shnayim”

Rav Silver relates in his work Anfei Erez, that in the year 5674 (1913-1914) when he visited his former teacher, Rav Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, the renowned author of the Ohr Somayach, from Harrisburg, PA, where he was then serving as the rabbi, he shared the following Torah insight with Rav Meir Simcha, who was […]

The Difference Between Chanukah Candles and Lighting the Menorah

The Gemara (Menachos 88b) rules in a case where a Menorah candle in the Beis Hamikdash burned out early, as follows: אמר רבי יוחנן אמר רבי נר שכבתה, נידשן השמן נידשנה הפתילה, כיצד עושה? מטיבה ונותן בה שמן ומדליקה If a candle went out, the oil is considered ashes and the wick is ashes. What […]

One Who is Uncomfortable is Exempt from Succah

There is a well-known halacha that one who is uncomfortable sitting in the Succah is exempt from it, מצטער פטור מן הסוכה (Succah 26a). The most common explanation for this law is given by Tosafos (Ibid.) based on the language of the obligation of Succah which is derived from the verse which commands us to […]

Halachic Issues and Implications of Akeidas Yitzchak

The Midrashim suggest an unusual transformation occurred to Avraham during Akeidas Yitzchak. In the Torah (Bereishis 22:2) Avraham is told to bring Yitzchak to the “land of Moriah.” The Midrashim offer different interpretations for the meaning of this name. Yalkut Shimoni (Shir Hashirim) explains,  דבר אחר מוריה תמורה, אברהם נעשה כהן גדול תמורת שם בן […]