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Jewish Holidays

Beating the Aravot on Hoshana Rabba

September 28, 2012, by

On the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabba, we beat a bundle of willow branches (actually one is enough) on the floor (SA OC 664:4). The source for this “beating” is in the gemara (Sukka 44b) which states that the custom was to CHABIT the willow branches. Rashi explains that CHABIT means to wave them, […]

Sukkot: Spirtual Simcha

September 28, 2012, by

Why is Sukkot called Zman Simchateinu, the time of our joy; what is the joy to which it refers? An insight from the Vilna Gaon.

Ha’azinu and Sukkot 5773: Torah Tidbits Audio

September 28, 2012, by

Lessons from Parshat Haazinu including why Torah is compared to water, the source of zimun, and studying Torah, plus the uniqueness of the commandment of dwelling in the Sukkah. Torah Tidbits Audio for Parshat Ha’azinu and Sukkot.

Sukkot: Time of Rejoicing

October 11, 2011, by

To what historical event are we referring when we call Sukkot “Z’man Simchateinu” – the time of our joy? Why is it celebrated at this time of year?

Sukkot, Simchat Torah and “Zot HaTorah”

October 4, 2010, by

In one of the piyutim for Simchat Torah we refer to the Torah as “Zot HaTorah”. An exploration of what the phrase means based on the 2 places in the Torah where the phrase is used. Understanding the joy associated with Sukkot, Simchat Torah and “Zot HaTorah” – “This Torah”.