The Succah and the Arba Minim The mitzvos of the Torah can be divided into two categories: Mitzvos that elevate a person beyond human nature Mitzvos that sanctify and purify human nature Both of these categories are represented by the two mitzvos of Succos. The Succah After a person has worked in the field for […]
What is Torah LiShmah? (It’s much easier to define תורה שלא לשמה). Is it something attainable for the masses? The Rambam says even learning for the spiritual reward is considered שלא לשמה, rather תורה לשמה is learning because one loves God and wishes to draw closer to Him. This is the ultimate goal, what should […]
If you would like to learn a selected topic on Shavuos night but don’t know where to begin, look no further! Rabbi Immanuel Bernstein has prepared a number of topics, adapted from his book Journeys in Talmud, designed to guide users through the primary Gemaras, the positions of the Rishonim and selected insights of the Acharonim. […]
Reprinted with permission from Rabbi Bernstein’s new book, The Call of Sinai Following the event of the nation hearing the Aseres HaDibros, the Torah relates that Moshe ascended the mountain to receive the rest of the Torah on their behalf. As we will see, he was met in this matter with considerable resistance. The Gemara […]
What are we fulfilling with the reading the megillah? Recounting the miracle is a form of publicizing the miracle and thus takes on an amplified status among mitzvot d’rabbanan. The obligation is based on the word נזכרים – remembered. Thus reading the megillah is closely associated with another זכירה – remembering Amalek, and is a […]
Insights into lighting the Chanukah menorah according to the practices of Beis Hillel and Beis Shammai. The relationship between Chanukah and Succos.