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Jewish Holidays

OU Kosher Halacha Yomis: Chanukah

December 20, 2016, by

Which Comes First on Motzei Shabbos, Chanukah Lights or Havdalah? There is a dispute among the poskim concerning this question. Normally, in selecting the sequence of two mitzvos we are guided by the principle of tadir v’she’eino tadir – tadir kodem (the more frequent mitzvah is performed first). As such, the Taz (681:1) rules that […]

What is Hidden is Never Lost: Rapa-Dreidels, Portugal and the Marranos

December 19, 2016, by

Communal memories do not vanish.  They may become tenuous, fragile as wisps, as fragments, as shards of dreams.  But they remain.  Though the atrocities of the Inquisition sought to banish our memories, our faith, and our identity with cruelties unthinkable even in our own modern era of unspeakable cruelty we continued to remember.  And the […]

The Bais HaMikdash: Power Source of Spirituality

December 19, 2016, by

The Bach commenting on Tur Shulchan Aruch explains that the decrees of the Yevanim against the Jewish people occurred because the Jewish people became “lax in their service.” Earlier in history, the Bais HaMikdash had been the center of life, the pride of every Jew. Going up to Yerushalayim three times a year was looked at […]

The Verdict of History

October 26, 2016, by

During the second Temple when the Hellenists ruled, they made decrees against Israel and suppressed their religion. They did not allow them to study Torah and perform the mitzvot.  They seized their wealth and their daughters. They entered the Sanctuary, made many breaches in it and defiled that which was sanctified.  Israel was greatly afflicted […]

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