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Shabbos Chanukah 5779
Rabbi Jablinowitz

The Gemara in Shabbos 21B teaches that when the Greeks entered the Beis Hamikdash they defiled all the oils, Tim'u Kol Hashemanim She'BaHeichal. This event is referred to in the song Ma'oz Tzur when we sing U'Fartzu Chomos Migdalai V'Timu Kol Hashemanim. They breached the walls of my towers and they Read more...

Pesach 5779
Rabbi Jablinowitz

The Mishnah in Pesachim 116A states in the name of Rabban Gamliel that in order to fulfill the mitzvah of Sippur Yetzias Mitzrayim one needs to mention Pesach, Matza and Maror. This teaching of Rabban Gamliel is mentioned in the Haggadah in the conclusion of the Magid section and the Mishnah Berurah Read more...

Shavuos 5779
Rabbi Jablinowitz

The pasuk introducing the Aseres Ha'Dibros (Shemos, Chapter 20, Pasuk 1) states, Vayedaber Elokim es Kol Ha'Devarim Ha'Eileh Lamor. The Medrash Rabbah comments on the extra word Lamor at the end of the pasuk and teaches that we learn from here that all the speaking of future prophets and scholars wa Read more...

Rosh Hashanah 5780
Rabbi Jablinowitz

The Mishnah in Rosh Hashanah 26B brings a disagreement as to whether on Rosh Hashanah we use a straight shofar, or the horn of a ram which is bent. Rabbi Levi in the Gemara teaches that the Halacha follows the one who says to use a bent shofar. The Gemara explains the reason for this is because when Read more...