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Jewish Holidays

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 […]

Torah Transmission: Automatic or Manual?

June 6, 2019, by

. Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Iyyar 5779 Women’s Event sponsored in memory of Mrs Linda Pruwer-Brachfeld, מרת חיה סאשא בת ר’ יוסף הלל.  

Mountain Momentum

June 5, 2019, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein The Torah tells us that when Bnei Yisroel accepted the Torah, they were encamped betachtic hahar/under the bottom of the mountain. The common translation of “at the foot of the mountain” is not as accurate as the one here presented. It is this unusual phrasing that gave […]

Cracking the Code of Akdamut and Yetziv Pitgam

June 5, 2019, by

What is Yetziv Pitgam? Why is it inserted in the Haftarah for the Second day of Shavuot (which is taken from Chavakuk)? Why is there a piyut for laining on the first day and for the haftarah on the second day? Why do we say Akdamut before leining and Yetziv Pitgam in the middle of […]

Shavuos 5779

June 4, 2019, by

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 […]