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Jewish Holidays

On the 7-day holiday of Sukkot we sit in Sukkot to commemorate the booths the Jews lived in in the desert. We also fulfill the mitzvah of the 4 species

Torah Reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed
Torah Reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed
The morning Torah reading of Shabbat Chol Ha-moed consists of selected portions from Parshat Ki Tisa. The conclusion of the reading summarily addresses the Shalosh Regalim, and this would seem to...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
Get Happy!
Get Happy!
Of all the seasons in the Jewish calendar year, Sukkot is the premier time to GET HAPPY!! Yes, it’s true that the biblical mitzvah (commandment) of “rejoicing on the festivals” also...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
Sukkot and the Dedication of the Beit HaMikdash
Sukkot and the Dedication of the Beit HaMikdash
The Haftarah of the second day of Sukkot details the dedication of the Beit HaMikdash (the Temple) by Shlomo Hamelech. The Haftarah narrates the final preparations for sanctifying the Beit HaMikdash,...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
Beauty and the Etrog
Beauty and the Etrog
Every civilization and every philosophical system searches for the meaning of beauty. In classical Western thought, the pursuit of the Beautiful is deemed to be as basic as the quest for...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
Simchat Beit HaShoeva: The Water Libations
Simchat Beit HaShoeva: The Water Libations
Every sacrifice brought in the Temple was accompanied by a flour offering and the pouring of a prescribed measure of wine on the altar. During the seven days of the Festival...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
Sukkot: Seventy Oxen for the Nations of the World
Sukkot: Seventy Oxen for the Nations of the World
After the regular daily offering in the Temple, the Additional Offerings were brought. Each day there was a different number of these Additional Offerings were to be brought. All together seventy...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
Aspects of the Four Species
Aspects of the Four Species
“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...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
The Laws of the Arba Minim, Four Species
The Laws of the Arba Minim, Four Species
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...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
Placement of the Sukkah
Placement of the Sukkah
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,...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
Decorations of the Sukkah (“Noy Sukkah”)
Decorations of the Sukkah (“Noy Sukkah”)
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 …-...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff

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