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Simchat Torah: A Celebration of Our Relationship with God

June 26, 2006, by

The holiday of Simchat Torah is a great invention of the Jewish People in their Exile. It celebrates the completion of and the beginning of the “Reading of the Torah.” Since the Shmini Atzeret-Simchat Torah Holiday has no intrinsic Mitzvot, but is a celebration of the relationship between G-d and Israel, the Jewish People created […]

Shmini Atzeret: An Introduction

June 26, 2006, by

Shmini Atzeret is the holiday which is celebrated on the eighth day counting from the beginning of “Sukkot.” In Israel, it is celebrated for one day, which is a combination of “Shmini Atzeret” and “Simchat Torah.” In the Diaspora, “Shmini Atzeret” and “Simchat Torah” are separated, with “Shmini Atzeret” being celebrated on the eighth day, […]

Sukkot: An Introduction

June 26, 2006, by

Sukkot is a holiday rich in tradition and meaning. From the holding of the Lulav and etrog to the sitting in a Sukkah, the holiday is filled with symbolism to express our relationship to G-d. Sukkot comes just five short days following Yom Kippur. The timing is not accidental. Only after we have reached a […]

Yom Kippur: A Day to Become Close to God

June 22, 2006, by

Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai said concerning a king, “Should he fine me, his penalty is not eternal” for I would be able to earn more money. “Should he imprison me, his imprisonment is not eternal” for he might die and his successor will release me. “Should he kill me, my death is not eternal for […]

Tzom Gedaliah

June 22, 2006, by

Tzom Gedaliah commemorates the assassination of Gedaliah Ben Achikam, the Governor of Israel during the days of Nebuchadnezzar…

Rosh HaShanah: Birthday of Mankind and Judgment Day

June 22, 2006, by

Rosh HaShanah is the day on which G-d created Man, Adam, G-d’s final and most precious creation. Each Rosh HaShanah, the birthday of Mankind, we proclaim G-d as our one and true King. We then reaffirm our desire to serve him every moment of our lives. At this same time, G-d reviews the status of […]

Six13 – Ani Maamin

August 2, 2005, by

Listen to a new A Capella song performed specially for this year’s OU Tisha B’Av video by the Jewish A Capella group Six13.