Shavuos – Cows and Grass

As usual comments are welcome. zaverudman@gmail.com אורח חיים – סימן תצד -ונוהגין לשטוח עשבים בשבועות בב”ה והבתים, זכר לשמחת מתן תורה משנה ברורה סי’ תצד-(י)זכר לשמחת מתן תורה-שהיו שם עשבים סביב הר סיני כדכתיב הצאן והבקר אל ירעו וגו’. The Rema brings that there us a Minhag to spread grasses in our shuls and homes…

Akdamus

http://1drv.ms/1EKCmID In preparation for Shavuot, instead of Parshas HaShavua, I would like to share something on Akdamos. Akdamos as beautiful as it is, has two things that do not allow most people to see its splendor. First it is usually said at Netz HaChama, early in the morning after a night of learning, and the…

Behar The Shofar of Yovel

http://1drv.ms/1JTUU0O In this week’s parsha we learn about Shmita and Yovel. As during the days of Sefira, as we count seven weeks times seven days till we reach till fifty, so too Klal Yisroel counts a larger cycle of seven years times seven times till we reach the fiftieth of Yovel. When the Yovel arrives,…

Another approach to Sefira

Rabbeinu Moshe Dovid Valle (RAMAD”V) was a Chaver and Talmid of Rabbeinu Moshe Chaim Luzzato in Italy in the early 1700’s. He wrote a complete work of Kabalistic elucidation of the Tanach, and in addition two volumes of ‘Collected Writings’. In one of them he introduces a novel interpretation of the days of Sefiras Ha’Omer…

The אבילות of ספירה

The אבילות of ספירה is extremely puzzling. 1,800 years ago a large number of Talmidei Chochomim passed away. It is even told to us, that it was because they did not treat each other honorably. But this is an aberration in the laws of Aveilus. The regular laws of Aveilus fit a pattern of diminishing…