Hilchos Yom Tov

April 10, 2014, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Yom Tov. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]

Celebrating Sukkot With Culinary Stars’ Favorites

October 6, 2008, by

Starry, starry nights, eating meals in the Sukkah with its leafy roof partly open to the star-studded sky, and enjoying a variety of vegetables and fruits from the final fall harvest is always a memorable and spiritual experience. The Sukkah symbolizes the temporary shelters in which our ancestors lived during their 40 years in the […]

High Holiday Baking

September 25, 2008, by

Cakes, cookies and breads that I bake for the Holidays, I bake only for the Holidays. Except for testing out recipes, that is. In this way, my High Holiday baked goods are cherished on two levels: First, my family looks forward to these special foods that come just once a year. And second, I have […]

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

June 29, 2006, by

We were given the commandment to take the Lulav and Esrog so that we would have a reminder during Sukkos that the happiness we feel on the holiday is to be directed towards Hashem. The Sefer HaChinuch explains that on other holidays, we do not need such a reminder because of the various commandments associated […]

Stories that Teach

June 29, 2006, by

Throughout Sukkos, special offerings were brought on the Altar in the Temple. Our Sages have taught us that the 70 special bull sacrifices brought on Sukkos were for the benefit of the 70 nations of the world. On Shemini Atzeres, the holiday that appears to be the eighth day of Sukkos, only one bull sacrifice […]

Seven to Eight – Succot To Shmini Atzeret

June 29, 2006, by

Is ‘eight’ a magic number in Sefer Vayikra? Or, is it only coincidental that: * In Parshat Shmini – the ‘eighth day’ is chosen for the dedication of the Mishkan; * In Parshat Tazria – the ‘eighth day’ is chosen for the “brit Milah” of a male child; * In Parshat Metzora – the ‘eighth […]

How to leave the Sukkah without creating an uproar

June 29, 2006, by

To what extent does one “live in” the Sukkah on Shmini Atzeret? There are a variety of customs in connection with the degree to which the Sukkah is “lived in” on Shmini Atzeret. One custom is to eat both the evening meal and the following day’s meal in the Sukkah, as on Sukkot. A second […]

Jewish Prayer for Wind and Rain

June 29, 2006, by

How do Jews pray for wind and rain? Actually, we are not ready at this point in the season to request rain; it is a bit early, and the “olai regel,” “the people who have gone up by foot,” to come to Yerushalayim for the Holiday in fulfillment of the Biblical command, need to get […]