Jewish people have three daily prayer services. The first is Shacharit (the morning prayer), then Minchah (the afternoon prayer), and finally Maariv (the evening prayer.) But from another perspective, one can argue that since the Jewish day begins at sundown, the first prayer is really the evening prayer. Does it make a difference if we view the order of the prayers as morning/afternoon/evening or as evening/morning/afternoon?
According to Jewish law, one must wash each morning before prayers just like the priests would wash before performing their service in the Holy Temple. What is the difference between washing for holiness and washing for purity? (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 31, p. 184.)
The question of the wise son in the Passover Haggadah seems, on the surface, to express not wisdom but much ignorance. This class will reveal the profundity of his question—indeed one that we all need to ask.
The Scroll of Antiochus is an account of the Chanukah story written originally in Aramaic. What can we learn about Chanukah by comparing the Scroll of Antiochus to the Purim story written in the Scroll of Esther?
A Talmudic debate – as seen through the lens of Chassidus – on why the Torah sometimes grants temporary immunity from the effects of Tzaraas. (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 37, p. 37.)
Did the angels who visited Abraham actually eat or just pretend to eat? Is one supposed to follow local custom or just make an appearance of doing so? The Midrash and the Talmud give two different answers. (Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 36 p.172)
The four special mitzvahs of Purim all start with the letter “mem”: 1) Megillah, 2) Mishloach manot (sending food gifts to friends), 3) Matanot la’evyonim (charity to the poor), and 4) Mishteh (a festive meal). What is the deeper significance of this connection?
The matzah we eat at the seder must be "lechem oni" (lit. bread of poverty) which is made from nothing but flour and water, yet the matzah that the Jews ate when they left Egypt was allowed to be made with other ingredients as well. What are the practical and spiritual differences between "bread of poverty" and "bread of wealth"? (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 16, p. 122.)
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