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Jewish Holidays

Aspects of the Four Species

June 29, 2006, by

“Origin of (the Four) Species” The Biblical origin is in the Book of Vayikra; specifically, in Parshat Emor, where the Torah commands “And you shall take for yourselves on the First Day the fruit of a beautiful tree, the branches of date palms, branches of the myrtle tree, and branches of the willow tree, and […]

The Laws of the Arba Minim, Four Species

June 29, 2006, by

And you shall take for you on the first day, the fruit of the tree ‘hadar’ and branches of palm trees, and a bough of the tree avot and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Hashem, your G-d, seven days. Leviticus Chapter 23. The mitzvah of taking the four species is […]

Placement of the Sukkah

June 29, 2006, by

1. Note that the twenty “amot” mentioned above as the maximum height of the Sukkah are measured from the surface on which the Sukkah stands, not necessarily from the ground. Thus, if for example Sukkot are built on top of a city skyscraper or the Shalom Tower in Tel Aviv, and the height of the […]

Decorations of the Sukkah (“Noy Sukkah”)

June 29, 2006, by

Our Sages have said, in Masechet Shabbat (133) the following: The verse “This is my G-d and I will give Him Beauty,” (Shemot 15:2) may be interpreted in this way …- (The Sages are offering a Midrashic explanation to answer the unasked question, “How can Man give anything to G-d?” Who was the Creator, and […]

About the Sukkah Walls

June 29, 2006, by

The Average-Wind Principle: As mentioned above, any material is valid for wall construction, with the only requirement being that the structure be capable of withstanding an “average” wind, that blows in that location (the requirements for a Sukkah on the top of Mt. Washington, where the highest recorded wind velocity (231 MPH) was measured, would […]

About the “Sechach,” the Sukkah Covering

June 29, 2006, by

Of What Materials May it be Made? The “Sechach” must be made from some product of the earth, that is no longer attached to the earth. Therefore, wood of all kinds, including bamboo poles, leafy branches, branches of pine trees (very aromatic, but pine needles tend to wind up in one’s soup), are all good. […]

Southern Hospitality

June 29, 2006, by

This is a story about Jews who lived in the “Old South,” in the United States, in the early part of the twentieth century, amongst non-Jews who, oddly enough, didn’t appreciate their presence. One night in early October, some members of the Town Council: Hobbs, Thomson and Wilson, the Butcher, Baker and Undertaker, noticed that […]

The Mitzvah of Sukkah: The Obligation

June 29, 2006, by

In the Torah, it is written, “But on the fifteenth day of the Seventh Month, when you harvest the produce of the Land, celebrate the Holiday of Hashem for seven days… You shall stay in “Sukkot” for seven days; every resident of Israel shall stay in “Sukkot.” In order that your generations shall know that […]

Sukkot: An Introduction

June 26, 2006, by

Sukkot is a holiday rich in tradition and meaning. From the holding of the Lulav and etrog to the sitting in a Sukkah, the holiday is filled with symbolism to express our relationship to G-d. Sukkot comes just five short days following Yom Kippur. The timing is not accidental. Only after we have reached a […]