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 […]
One of the manifestations of rejoicing on Sukkot is the Simchat Bet HaShoeva and the Nisuch HaMayim. What is its message?
The sukkah, a temporary dwelling, reminds us that this world is only temporary. This is also the message behind Avraham (the first of the ushpizin) describing himself as a ger and a toshav.
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 […]
To briefly review, in Part I of this article we introduced the concept that the yearly roster of the special holy-days listed in Vayikra chapter 23 within Parshas Emor might serve as an ‘organizer’ for the kepitlach of Hallel. The seven special times of Emor are: (1) Shabbos; (2) Pesach; (3) Shavuos; (4) Rosh Hashanah; […]
Everybody knows Hallel. They know it in their sleep. And everybody knows what it means. “Praise”. Every siddur translates it that way. But did you ever notice how different the kepitlach are from each other? For instance look at 113. Just as we would expect, it is full of general praise for HaShem– how He […]
Why is Yosef after Moshe and Aharon in the order of Ushpizin? Why did the Tzedukim have a problem with Nisuch HaMayim more so than other rabbinic institutions? The connection between the upper and lower waters.
Sukkot was given before the sin of the Golden Calf. Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana only came about afterwards, as a result of the sin. How are they connected?
The proper attitude for doing for others is not “I have what to offer” but to do good because I want to do good. Whatever I have to offer is really from God. This is the attribute of David HaMelech. For part 1 click here