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Jewish Holidays

Sukkot: Praying for Rain – Praying for the Fallen Sukkah

October 4, 2017, by

Why do we specifically pray for the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash on Sukkot (in bentching)? What does Eliyahu mean that there will only be rain “according to my word”? Why didn’t Eliyahu just make it rain, why did he gather all B’nei Yisrael on Har HaCarmel? What is the significance of the small cloud? […]

Meet the Ushpizin

October 3, 2017, by

What is the correct order for the Ushpizin. Why do they visit us in the Sukkah? Sukkot coming on the coattails of Yom Kippur and its relationship to Chet HaEgel Why is there an extra day of Sukkot and not Pesach?

Liminality

October 2, 2017, by

lim·i·nal ˈlimənl/ adjective technical adjective: liminal 1. of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. 2. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. limen |ˈlīmən| noun (plural limens or limina |ˈlimənə| ) Psychology a threshold below which a stimulus is not perceived or is not […]

An Eruv Tavshilin Primer

September 14, 2017, by

This year’s holiday season is fast approaching and we will be given the opportunity to perform the rabbinic edict of Eruv Tavshilin three separate times; before the start of Rosh Hashanah (September 20th), before the first days of Sukkot (October 4th) and before the start of Shmini Atzeret (October 11th). What is the reason for Eruv Tavshilin? When the second day of Yom Tov […]

Hilchos Yom Tov

May 29, 2017, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Yom Tov. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]