Beit Shamai is famous for holding that the proper way to light the menorah is to light eights candles on the first night and then descend each night so that we light only one on the final night. This...
December 14, 2017
Continuing with the Rambam's rules of which mitzvot to include in the count of 613, this Ten discusses whether or not we include details and examples of individual mitzvot in the mix.
December 13, 2017
One of the interesting historical anomalies of Chanuka is how one of the basic practices, lighting the candles, is performed differently by Ashkenazim and Sefardim. These differences can usually be at...
December 12, 2017
As we read the saga of Yosef being separated from his father Yaakov, one is confronted with the following question: Why didn't Yosef send a message to his father to let him know he was still alive? Ta...
December 11, 2017
We are familiar with the three cardinal sins about which the Torah teaches that one must give up their life before transgressing. In the story with Yehuda and Tamar, there is a moment that seems to te...
December 8, 2017
This Ten discusses mitzvot that have both a positive and negative element. How are they counted?
December 7, 2017
We read this week of Yaakov's inability to be consoled over the loss of his son Yosef. Take Ten to learn seven reasons for why his mourning was so deep, and so personal.
December 6, 2017
The Torah relates how Yaakov mourned for twenty two years for his lost son Yosef. This Ten explores the idea of mourning, consolation and the "gift" of forgetting.
December 5, 2017
This Sunday night, December 4th, at Maariv, we begin adding the phrase "ותן טל ומטר לברכה" to our Shemona Esrei. This phrase encapsulates the specific request and prayer for rain. Thi...
December 4, 2017
This Ten discussed the debate between the Rambam and the Ramban of whether or not the "expanations" of mitzvot are counted as mitzvot as well.
December 1, 2017