Revach L'Neshama RSS feed for - Section: AVODAH Category:HELPWANTED Copyright 2007, Revach L'Neshama en-US Revach L'Neshama Logo 144 31 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 03:00:00 +0000 240 Hashem's Lice Harden The Heart? When Mitzrayim is infested with the dreaded Kinim or lice, Paroh's Chartumim cannot match this Maka with their own sourcery.  They admit defeat and say "Etzba Elokim Hi", it is the work (or finger) of Hashem.  Without batting an eye or even asking Moshe to get rid of the lice, Paroh's heart hardened.  It seems to be because of what the Chartumim said, not in spite of it.  Do you have an explanation for this or have you heard anything?

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Why The Name Moshe? Out of all the beautiful names that Moshe Rabbeinu was given by his father, mother, and Am Yisroel (see Revach Lists - Names of Moshe Rabbeinu), which reflected his incredible and unique qualities, why is it that the Torah calls him Moshe, the name given by Basya bas Paroh when drawing him from the water?

Please tell us what you know.

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Was The Secret Of Mechiras Yosef Ever Revealed? Did Yaakov ever find out the circumstances of Mechiras Yosef?  If yes, when, how, and who told him?

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Why Did Eisav Try To Kill Yaakov Twice While Yitzchok Was Still Alive?

After Yaakov received the brachos, Eisav vowed to kill him, but only after his dear father dies.  The question is why did he send Elifaz to kill Yaakov while Yitzchok was still alive.  In Parshas Vayishlach when Yaakov came back to Eretz Yisroel, Eisav again fully intended to kill Yaakov.  Was this a change of heart?  Did he no longer care about his father's feelings?

If you know or hear anything or have some of your own thoughts, please let us know.

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 03:00:00 +0000
A Long Stop Not Mentioned? This was submitted by a reader who hopes that the following observation will provoke thought and comment להגדיל תורה ולהאדירה
Is it not surprising that רש''י in פרשת דברים סוף פרק א tells us that the Yidden spent 19 years in קדש ברנע, yet there is no mention of this place name in all 42 מסעות? The קדש mentioned here, in מסעי, before הר ההר cannot be the same place because it says in פרק ב' פסוק י''ד דברים that from קדש ברנע to נחל זרד took 38 years. (Incidentally, there is no mention of נחל זרד in the מסעות either.)  Furthermore, the אבן עזרא comments that the קדש in דברים פרק א' פסוק מ''ו is קדש ברנע while the קדש in the מסעות is the name of a city.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 03:00:00 +0000
The 23rd of Sivan: The Mystery of the Assafsuf & Haman - Two Possible Solutions

Reb Yaakov Emden writes that the 23rd of Sivan was the last day of the punishment of the Asafsuf. Their punishment was that meat would be provided every day for thirty days until the meat would come out of their nostrils. This date is not explicit in the Torah but seems to be deduced from the fact that Klal Yisroel left Har Sinai on the 20th of Iyar and then traveled for three consecutive days, these travels were completed on the 23rd of Iyar.  The next event the Torah speaks of is the sin of the Asafsuf.  From this Reb Yaakov Emden understands the punishment started on the 23rd of Iyar and continued until the 23rd of Sivan.

In Megilas Esther we find that after Haman’s downfall, Mordechai and Esther sent out a new set of letters on the 23rd of Sivan.  It was these letters that deflected the danger of Haman’s initial decree.  Permission for this was originally granted by the king on the 17th of Nissan.  Several mefarshim ask why did Mordechai and Esther wait until the 23rd of Sivan to deliver the Besurah Tovah to Klal Yisroel.  Are these two events related?

Let us know if you've seen anything or ahve any suggestions.

Suggestion One – Indulging In Food

It is possible to suggest that there is a connection between the two events that occurred on the 23rd of Sivan. The root of Haman’s decree against Klal Yisroel was the fact that the Jews of Shushan attended the Seudah of Achashveirosh, the Aveira of the Assafsuf was rooted in a desire to take pleasure from foods that were not available to Klal Yisroel in the Midbar.

It is appropriate that the day the punishment of the Assafsuf culminated and the meat was coming put of their nostrils is also the day that Klal Yisroel at the time of Mordechai and Esther were redeemed from their sin of partaking in Achashveirosh's seudah.

Suggestion Two – 68 Days

The Rema in his peirush on Megilas Esther points out that these letters of Mordechai and Esther were sent 68 days after the initial episode with Haman. There are mefarshim on the pasukim of the Assafsuf that point out that this punishment had an element of 68 days. It says in the pasuk that meat will come not for one day, not for two, not for five, not for ten, not for twenty but for thirty days. Together this list of days amounts to 68 days. Some mefarshim connect this to the 68 days we have a mitzvah to eat meat during the year.  We see that the reckoning of 68 days for the punishment of the Assafsuf is not by coincidence but a calculated duration related to the punishment.

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Bamidbar: Round Numbers? ANSWERED Rav Chaim Kanievsky & Shaar Aharon

How is it that when counting each of the Shevatim the final count came out to a round number?  Furthermore, every Shevet had a total ending exactly in denominations of 100 while Gad was the lone exception with 50.  Any significance to this?

Submitted by TH

The Derech Sicha says that Rav Chaim Kanievsky asked his father the Steipler Gaon. Rav Chaim himself suggested that the number were rounded to the nearest hundred.  Anything under 50 was rounded down.  Over 50 was rounded up.  Gad who was exactly 50 was counted exact.  To this the Steipler answered that if the Torah said it, it must be exact and Hashem arranged it so.

Submitted by SR

Shaarai Aaron quotes Imrai Noam who says that all the numbers were rounded off to the nearest 50. Only Gad's total came close to 50 , all the others were closer to 100. Emes L'Yaakov asks , why  in parshas Pinchas  is it rounded to the nearest 30? Ayin Sham. 


Thu, 29 May 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Mordechai's Strange Derech of Chinuch

When Haman, acting upon the instructions of Achashveirosh, came to take Mordechai for his joy ride on Achashveirosh's horse, the gemara Megila (16a) says, he found Mordechai learning with the children Hilchos Kemitza. It was the third day of fasting after Mordechai learned that the destruction of the Yehudim was already signed by Hashem. One would think they were saying Tehilim or learning Mussar. The poor kids were starving and the Yehudim were facing annihilation. Is this the best Mordechai can do, showing them the technicalities of how a Kohen grabs the flour of the Korbon Mincha with three fingers. Sounds like a "Kalte Litvak" gone mad. There are definitely Chinuch lessons hidden here beneath the surface but we are struggling to put our finger on one that is Emes. If you have any ideas with Rayos and/or Mekoros please let us know.

Mon, 10 Mar 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Super Tuesday!

On Tuesday Parshas BiShalach it is said to be a segula for parnassah to say Parshas HaMan Shnayim Mikra V'Echad Targum. What day is the day to say Az Yashir? Do you get something good for Az Yashir? How much? Is there any one day that it is a segula to have kavana by Bareich Aleinu in Shmoneh Esrei or should I not bother? How about Parshas HaYirah for Yiras Shamayim? Anybody have info about that? Parshas Teshuva? So many questions and so little time. I need to get back to work.

If anyone has any answers we'd appreciate it greatly. Sorry no cash reward for good answers. Not even a raffle.

Wed, 16 Jan 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Moshe and the Missing Link. Please Help Us! Moshe was chosen by Hashem to be the redeemer of the Bnei Yisroel.  Certainly his life's work justified this prestigious position.  Moshe left Mitzrayim as a young man and didn't return until he was 80 years old.  He didn't suffer the fate of his brothers.  Why was he more worthy than Aharon?  Certainly the suffering of the Bnei Yisroel didn't give Moshe a single night's sleep all those years he was away.  Was that it?  Was it something else?  What was he doing all those years?  Why is nothing written about this in Torah? 

Mon, 24 Dec 2007 03:00:00 +0000
7 Days Miracle or 8?

The Bais Yosef asks his famous question.  Since they had one jar of oil for 8 nights, why do we celebrate the miracle of Chanukah for 8 nights.  Only 7 nights were miraculous since there was enough oil for 1 night.

There are many answers to this question.  Please share your with us and see how many we can come up with.

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 03:00:00 +0000
What Was Yaakov Thinking?

After Yosef had the dreams, Yaakov knew that the Shevatim were upset.  He also knew that Yosef made trouble for his brothers by telling bad things about them to Yaakov.  He also knew that they resented him for it. 

What was Yaakov thinking when he sent Yosef on his ill fated trip to check on the welfare of his brothers?  Why when they came back with Yosef's ripped garment was he so naive to not even suspect that there was foul play?

Sun, 25 Nov 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Divided or Not?

When Yaakov met Eisav it seems from the pasukim that the whole family was there together, yet earlier when preparing for the showdown with Eisav one of the measures Yaakov took was to divide the family into two groups.  When did they get back together and why?

Can you please help us with this?

Tue, 20 Nov 2007 03:00:00 +0000