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Parashath Zachor: Remember What, Exactly? Part 3

The sages identify Haman and his sons with some of the villains mentioned in Ezra who sought to stop the reconstruction of the Temple (Ezra 4:4-6) 1,642 more words

Free Weekly Download: Halachic Handbook: The Laws of Purim

When you think of purim, you might think of fun – parties, costumes and shalach manos. But it’s important to understand the laws and customs of purim as well. 143 more words

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Parashath Zachor: Remember What, Exactly? Part 2

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Ezra the Zionist and the Four Parashiyoth

We usually attribute the enactment of the public reading of the four parashiyoth to Ezra and his contemporaries. 540 more words

Does Majority Rule Apply Outside of Halachic Issues?

In the past (here and here) we have discussed the machloket between the Shach and Bach (both in the Kelalei Psak of the Shach- Yoreh Deah 242) whether the rule acharei rabim lehatot applies only to cases of Beit Din or to all cases of pesak. 352 more words

Halacha

Esther 5:4, Question 3. Why does Esther describe the party as one she made?

  • The Malbim writes that Esther describes the party as one she made in order to parry off any objections to postpone the feast. Since it is made, she intimated, it is ready already.
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Ethics

Shushan Purim 2015 in Jerusalem

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This year, Shushan Purim is falling on a rather “strange” day: The first Megillah reading is Thursday night (next week) and the second reading is taking place on Friday morning. 88 more words
Purim

Thoughts on Mark 7:19

14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 

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Textual Criticism