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Jewish Holidays

The Shofar – From Frustration to Fulfillment

August 20, 2018, by

As cognitively active beings, Man must make sense of his environment and if concepts cannot be grasped or things don’t add up, tension and frustration ensues.  For some, the challenge of confusion leads to a more concerted effort to arrive at a sensible conclusion. The mathematician’s difficulty with an equation results in rigorous mental gymnastics […]

Praying for a Better Future

August 14, 2018, by

At the start of Elul, rather than plunging ourselves into cheshbon ha’nefesh (accounting of one’s soul), many advise to begin by strengthening the core areas of our avodas Hashem.  Since we are involved in tefilah in this program, and since tefilah is certainly one of the core areas of our service to Hashem, we are reviewing four segments in particular, since they […]

The Meiri Uncovers the Function of Chodesh Elul

August 13, 2018, by

The preparation for Teshuva begins from Rosh Chodesh Elul. The function of Elul is not just to daven but to plead so we are ready when Rosh Hashana arrives. Is Elul merely a preparation for Rosh Hashana or does it carry its own importance? Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime

Reimagining Repentance

August 8, 2018, by

In his breathtaking work Orot HaTeshuva, Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook zt”l wonders aloud whether he is suited to pen a new treatise on the topic of repentance.[1] After all, he writes, the subject matter has been richly treated by a multitude of sages. Rav Kook counters that he has no choice. He feels compelled […]

A Different Perspective on Chodesh Sivan

May 15, 2018, by

Matan Torah wasn’t the only event that occured in Sivan, other events include Noach’s ark coming to rest on Har Ararat, Esther’s letter overturning Haman’s decree, and more. What is the common denominator and how do they relate to the Mazel of Sivan (Gemini/twins)? Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh […]

Rosh Chodesh Iyar: Like a Bride on her Wedding Night

April 17, 2018, by

According to the Tur, the reason why there is a minhag for women refrain from certain types of work on Rosh Chodesh is because they refused to participate in chet haegel. Why specifically Rosh Chodesh? What is the connection? Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event