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Jewish Holidays

High Holiday Baking

September 25, 2008, by

Cakes, cookies and breads that I bake for the Holidays, I bake only for the Holidays. Except for testing out recipes, that is. In this way, my High Holiday baked goods are cherished on two levels: First, my family looks forward to these special foods that come just once a year. And second, I have […]

A Jumble of Holidays

September 10, 2008, by

There’s an old joke in the Jewish community: The High Holidays are always either early or late; they’re never on time! Well, this year they’re late (Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 29th). But aside from that, this year Shabbat begins one day after Yom Kippur ends (the evening on October 10th). Sukkot, of […]

Sukkot in Hebron

October 18, 2006, by

Sukkot in Hebron – A Shining Light of Happiness. If you have questions or comments for David Wilder please send them to: hebron@hebron.org.il

Shabbat Chol Hamoed

June 29, 2006, by

The morning Torah reading of Shabbat Chol HaMoed consists of selected portions from Parshas Ki Sisa. The conclusion of the kriah summarily addresses the Shalosh Regalim, and this would seem to be the relevance of the reading to the day. However, the first six aliyos have nothing to do with Yom Tov; rather, they deal […]

About Work Restrictions

June 29, 2006, by

All Jewish holidays and observances, with the exception of some fasts, begin on the evening previous to the first day. Except as noted, all require special additional prayers and services are held in the Synagogue. All Jewish Holidays with Sabbath-like restrictions require that all normal business, school or secular activities cease about two hours before […]

The Recitation of Hallel

June 29, 2006, by

Hallel consists of six Psalms (113-118), which are said as a unit, on joyous occasions, when the praise of G-d is particularly appropriate, immediately following the Shacharit “Shemoneh Esrei.” These occasions include the following: The three “major” festivals, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, the term “major” meaning that the festival is mentioned in the “Chamisha Chumshei […]

Sukkot: The Four Species

June 29, 2006, by

There is a commandment that is unique to Sukkot – the commandment to dwell in the Sukkah. There is another commandment which is also unique to Sukkot – the commandment to take the Four Species. In Vayikra (23:40) the verse says “And you shall take for yourself on the first day the fruit of a […]

Sukkot: Why Do We Sit In Booths?

June 29, 2006, by

The holiday of Sukkot starts on the 15th day of Tishrei. The holiday of Sukkot is characterized by the unique commandment of dwelling in Sukkot – temporary, hut-like dwellings, as the Torah says in Vayikra (23: 42-43 ) “In booths you are to dwell for seven days …so that your generations will know that I caused […]

Sukkot: An Agricultural or Historic Holiday?

June 29, 2006, by

This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Wouldn’t make more sense to celebrate Sukkot during the month of Nisan instead of Tishrei? After all, this is the holiday that commemorates our dwelling in ‘booths’ in the desert after we left Egypt, and it was in the month […]