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Jewish Holidays

Personal Tevet Reflections

December 25, 2017, by

In Tevet, Esther was pulled away from her family and forced to live with Achashverosh but it ultimately led to the Jews’ salvation. Despite the tragedies that occured during Tevet, the month begins with the holiday of light, Chanukah. Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

Tevet, MiLashon Tov: A Month of Good

December 25, 2017, by

What is the connection between Chanukah and Tevet? Why did they wait until the year after the Chanukah miracle to make it into a holiday? Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

Forgetting V’Sein Tal/Yaaleh V’Yavo on Rosh Chodesh

November 30, 2017, by

On Rosh Chodesh during the winter, what is the halacha if someone forgot to say v’sein tal u’matar, and when he repeated Shmoneh Esrei, he forgot yaaleh v’yavo? In Brachos (26b) there is a machlokes Rishonim brought down in Tosafos and the Rosh regarding someone who forgot to say yaaleh v’yavo in Mincha of Rosh […]

Kislev: A Time of Rebirth

November 26, 2017, by

What is the Jewish definition of time? In Judaism, events don’t determine time, time determines events. What is the nature of the month of Kislev and how does that relate to Chanukah and other events that occurred in Kislev? Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

Elul NCSY Young Professionals Shiur

September 19, 2017, by

Rosh Hashana davening has nothing to do with personal requests. God asks us not to pray for ourselves or others. The day is about God Himself. Recorded at Yeshiva University, NYC on September 11, 2017.

The 13 Midot of Rachamim

September 11, 2017, by

This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Our recitation of the thirteen ‘middot ha-rachamim’ [God’s thirteen attributes of mercy] is certainly the focal point of the ‘selichot’ prayers and the highlight of ‘ne’ila’ on Yom Kippur.  But how are we to understand this recitation?  Is it a […]