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Articles on Purim in Halakha and Jewish thought, as well as analyses of Megillat Esther. Read More╗



Because They Partook of the Feast of the Wicked One

by Harav Aharon Lichtenstein

"The students of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai once asked him: Why were the Jews of [Mordechai's] generation deserving of destruction? And why did God save them?" Read More╗


Feasting and Fasting in Megillat Esther

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman

There are ten different feasts in the Megilla; each indicates a signficant stage in the plot... Read More╗

Parashat haShavua

The Revelation of God's Glory upon the Altar

by Rav Tamir Granot

An understanding of the function of the incense altar in our parasha can help dispel the mystery of the deaths of Nadav and Avihu... Read More ╗

Hilkhot Moadim: The Laws of the Festivals

I Kings: Torn in Two

Celebrated NEW books by the VBM's Rav David Brofsky and Rav Alex Israel! Order here╗

Majesty and Humility: The Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

By Rav Reuven Ziegler

By analyzing R. Soloveitchik's writings in an accessible and engaging manner, this comprehensive study uncovers the depth, majesty and fascination of his thought. Order here╗

In His Mercy: Understanding the Thirteen Midot

By Rav Ezra Bick

A study of the theology of the Divine Attributes of Mercy through the lenses of the Talmud, Midrash and commentators. Order here╗

In Memory of Moreinu Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l

Biography, Articles, Eulogies



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