By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz | Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The theme of the beautiful pesukim that comprise Shir Hashirim focuses on the Ribbono Shel Olam’s boundless and enduring love for His people. The lyrical account written by Shlomo Hamelech portrays the depth of the relationship between Knesses Yisroel and their Shepherd.
By Rabbi Yitzchok Tzvi Schwarz | Wednesday, October 01, 2014
“Whoever did not see the Simchas Bais Hashoeivah did not witness true simcha in his lifetime… There were golden candelabras in the Bais Hamikdosh that illuminated every single courtyard with its light. Chassidim and anshei maaseh would dance before them with torches in their hands and say words of song and praise. The Leviim played harps, fiddles, cymbals, trumpets, and countless instruments” (Sukkah 51a). “When Rabbon Shimon ben Gamliel rejoiced at the Simchas Bais Hashoeivah, he juggled eight torches and they didn’t touch each other. He would also perform an act of kiddah bowing, bending over and kissing the floor and then straightening out, a feat that no one else could perform” (ibid. 53a).
By Rabbi Yossi Rosenberg | Wednesday, October 01, 2014
One of the interesting aspects for a bochur when he goes to learn in Eretz Yisroelis often getting to meet and know family he’d never met, or met only briefly, until then. When the host families are simple people and yorei Shomayim, much can be gleaned from each visit. Sometimes even small, seemingly insignificant acts can impart a lifelong lesson.
A young, local rov entered the home of Rav Moshe Feinstein just as an individual prepared to exit. This person was known as a very vocal critic of a halachic decision Rav Moshe had issued. He had printed posters and written letters viciously attacking the p’sak and the poseik.
Rav Mordechai of Lechovitch would buy a large amount of boards, and distribute it to the poor of the town, to enable them to build their sukkahs.
One year, shortly before Sukkos, a crippled shoemaker came to the Lechovitcher and asked for sukkah boards. Rav Mordechai answered that to his great distress, the boards had already been distributed and there were no more left.