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Shabbat Hagadol

One of the most interesting aspects of this Shabbat preceding Pesach is its name which we usually translate to mean the Great Shabbat.  However this leaves us with a number of questions. Why then is the masculine adjective ha-gadol used,…

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The Beis HaLevi 

The Beis HaLevi, Rov of Brisk had an interesting custom. ‎While receiving his townspeople in his study and offering them his sage advice and counsel, he would regularly open a small silver snuff box, peer inside, and then close it.…

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Refinery!

This week’s Torah portion, Metsora, discusses the laws of various forms of Tumah [spiritual defilement] that result from certain discolorations on the body, clothing, or one’s home, as well as certain discharges. Removing the impurity is not always a simple…

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