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Jewish Holidays

Hoshana Rabbah: The Jew with No Frills – Part 1

October 13, 2016, by

The Arba Minim (4 species) – the lulav, etrog, aravot, and hadasim – represent our ability to perform and accomplish. The 7 Noahide laws represent the other nations’ ability to perform and accomplish. On Hoshana Rabbah we show our deeds are of a higher quality. For part 2 click here

Tefillin on Chol HaMoed

October 10, 2016, by

Most people don’t wear Tefillin on Chol HaMoed. What is the reason why many don’t? Why do some wear Tefillin and what is the source for their minhag?

Your Gashmius is my Ruchnius

September 21, 2016, by

And when you gather the cuttings of your land, don’t cut the corner of your field when you harvest, and the fallings of your harvesting don’t gather, for the poor man and the convert you should leave them. – Vayikra 23:22 The Torah reading on the first days of Sukkos outlines the yomim tovim of year […]

Sukkot: Exalted Entourage

September 9, 2016, by

Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein There is a well-known custom of inviting seven special guests, seven shepherds of our nation, into our sukkot, one on each night of Sukkot. What is this custom based on? The Torah commands, “You shall dwell in booths for a seven day period; every native […]

How Many Aravos and Hadassim?

October 1, 2015, by

According to Rav Binyamin Shlomo Hamburger, the minhag in Worms was to use 68 aravot on Sukkot. Did other communities who followed minhagei Ashkenaz do likewise?