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Jewish Holidays

Hoshanos

September 29, 2014, by

Now available in this colorful, downloadable PDF Hoshanos are the prayers recited when the congregation forms a processional with lulav and esrog in hand. The name comes from the refrain of “hosha na,” meaning “please save.” This processional is based upon what was done in the Temple. The mishna in Succah (4:5) describes how on each day […]

Haftorahman: Haftarah for the 1st Day of Sukkot

September 15, 2014, by

The Haftarah for the first day of Sukkot is taken from the book of Zechariah. It discusses the war of Gog uMagog & its aftermath, which the rabbis say will take place on Sukkot. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting […]

Yom Tov Sheini

May 27, 2014, by

A background on Yom Tov Sheni with an explanation by Rav Shimshon Refael Hirsch as to why we observe a 2nd day of Yom Tov outside Israel even today when our calendar is fixed.

A Review of Hilchot Yom Tov

April 10, 2014, 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 Rama, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]

Hilchos Chol HaMoed

April 10, 2014, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Chol-Hamoed. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Rama, and the Mishna Berurah, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebbeim. As individual […]

Haftorahman: Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot

October 4, 2012, by

In the Haftarah for Chol HaMoed Sukkot Yechezkel tells the people in exile to focus on the future, the war of Gog & Magog & the final redemption from exile. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, making learning the Haftorah […]

Haftorahman: Sukkot Day 2

September 30, 2012, by

The Haftarah for the second day of Sukkot discusses the dedication of the first Beit HaMikdash which took place right before & during the holiday of Sukkot. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, making learning the Haftorah a fun […]

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.