Tisha B’Av

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Birth Pangs

The Slonimer Rebbe explains that we usually speak of four cardinal exiles throughout Jewish history – Babylonia, Persia, Greece and Rome. Why, he and others ask, is the exile of Egypt, usually referred to as the archetype of all exiles, not counted among these? He answers by bringing a Midrash that interprets the second verse […]

How Could It Have Come to Pass

Since the Jewish calendar is based on both the lunar and solar cycles, seven leap years containing an extra month must fall within every nineteen year period. This means that the weekly Torah portions do not always occur on exactly the same calendar date each year. Sometimes a particular portion may be close to a […]