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The Essence of Torah and Mitzvot

This analysis of an aspect of Matan Torah (in Shemot and Devarim) sheds light on the meaning of learning Torah and doing Mitzvot.

The Secret of Megillat Rut







A seemingly innocuous and extraneous sentence in the megillah actually holds the key to the entire mystery of the book of Rut!

 

The meaning of Kabbalat Hatorah

An examination of the concept of Kabbalat Hatorah and a re-evaluation of the meaning of some well known midreshei Chazal.

Why celebrate Shavuot?

Ostensibly, Shavuot makes no sense: Didn't we lose, through the sin of the golden calf, what we gained at Sinai? What is there to celebrate. This shiur clarifies the meaning and challenge of Shavuot, shedding light on the beautiful meaning and message of this chag.

The difference between Rut and Iyov: a perspective on adversity.

A seemingly strange gemarah about Rut and Iyov yields a beautiful and crucial perspective on adversity and life.

The Obligation of Women in Sefirat HaOmer

An analysis of the differing understandings of the Rishonim of mitzvat asseh shehazman geramah as well as the mitzvah of sefirat haomer, and the ramifications for the question of whether or not women are obligated in this halachah.

Aveilut during Sefirah- A minhag gone awry

The way the period of Sefirah is understood, viewed and practiced is off by 180 degrees. This shiur explains in depth what the Halachah is really about. An in depth view from halachah and hashkafah.

Mimacharat HaShabbat

A critical perspective on Pesach, Shavuot and Sefirah- at the interface of Peshat and Derash.

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