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Jewish Holidays

Rosh Chodesh Iyar: Like a Bride on her Wedding Night

April 17, 2018, by

According to the Tur, the reason why there is a minhag for women refrain from certain types of work on Rosh Chodesh is because they refused to participate in chet haegel. Why specifically Rosh Chodesh? What is the connection? Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’simcha: The Joy of Being a Yehudi

February 5, 2018, by

Why do we mention the verse of “ליהודים היתה אורה” in Havdalah? Why does Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha begin from Shabbos Mevarchim? Why does the Megillah end off by telling us that Achashverosh imposed a tax and that we should look at chronicles of Persia for more information? Why is it in the megillah at […]

The Month of Shevat: A Time to Grow

January 17, 2018, by

From the beginning, we have had a connection to trees. Adam was commanded to work and guard the trees of gan eden. The holiday of Tu B’Shevat means different things to different people – halachic significance, a kabbalistic significance, as an opportunity to restore the ecology of the Land of Israel, the environment. Recorded at […]

VaYigdal Mosheh on Elul

January 3, 2018, by

Shofar During Elul In Pirkei d’Rabi Eliezer (perek 46), Chazal say that a shofar was blown on Rosh Chodesh Elul when Moshe Rabbeinu went up to Har Sinai (for the final 40 days). This is the source for blowing shofar during the month of Elul. The text of this Chazal as brought by a number […]

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