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Rabbi Anthony Manning

Dancing and Clapping on Shabbat and Yom Tov

September 1, 2021, by

In the last shiur we looked at showering on Yom Tov and the tricky question of whether the halacha, as laid down by the Gemara and the Shulchan Aruch, is still unchanged today, give the different reality of bathing habits in the 21st Century. In this shiur we will engage with the issue of dancing […]

Showering on Yom Tov

August 26, 2021, by

In today’s world, where many people shower at least once daily, not showering can be a cause of discomfort. Where there are two days of Yom Tov – such as a Rosh Hashana in all places or other Chagim in chu’l, this concern is deepened. In some cases there can be three days of Chag […]

Saying Nachem in Confusing Times

July 15, 2021, by

Sponsored anonymously in the merit of an aliyat neshama for Matisyahu ben Yisrael, Aharon ben Menachem Lev, and Eliana bat Yaakov. Sponsored by Miriam Marcus in loving memory of her Mother Liba Pesha bat Natan on her 4rd yahrzeit, 7th of Av, and her maternal grandfather, Natan ben Moshe her Zaida, who’s 66th Yahrzeit is […]

Soft Matzah

March 24, 2021, by

Very few “Jewish” foods are better known than matza. In Jewish tradition there is absolute agreement on its ingredients – flour and water – but considerable discussion as to what it is actually meant to look like. There are many different things that one can make with flour and water and different minhagim around the […]

Erev Pesach on Shabbat

March 21, 2021, by

This series is sponsored anonymously in the merit of an aliyat neshama for Matisyahu ben Yisrael, Aharon ben Menachem Lev, and Eliana bat Yaakov. This shiur is sponsored anonymously for the speedy recovery of Avraham Yitzhak ben Rachel Leah by those who love you most.

Yizkor in Halacha and Hashkafa

October 3, 2019, by

For many people, including many who are otherwise not observant, Yizkor has become an indispensable part of their shul experience. Indeed, although Yizkor can halachically be said privately and without a minyan, it has become a major draw to the synagogue, especially on Yom Kippur. How is it permitted to conduct an ostensibly sad ceremony […]