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Jewish Holidays

Hilchot Yom Tov

September 24, 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 Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]

Simcha on Shavuot: Why is It Unique?

June 2, 2014, by

The Rambam says that simchat Yom Tov isn’t a temperament, it’s an action. Simchat Yom Tov on Shavuot expresses itself in a different way on Shavuot than it does on other holidays.

Hilchot U’Minhagei Shavuot

June 2, 2014, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halakhot pertaining to Shavuot. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the sugyot, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, 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 circumstances […]

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 […]

Drasha for the Eighth Day of Pesach: Yizkor

February 25, 2014, by

Before we say Yizkor, I want to share a thought with you that I read in the journal, “Dos Yiddische Vort”. It was an article by Rabbi Moshe Sherer, the head of the Agudas Yisrael in America. He describes how he was travelling by plane, together with Rabbi Yaacov Kaminetzky of blessed memory, to New […]

Shavuot: To Teach, To Learn, To Repent

May 8, 2013, by

There is an urgency in the two Torah commandments whose obligation is constant and ever-present, to learn Torah and to repent.  The Torah is clear about this urgency in the Sh’ma:  “These words, which I command you this day, make them as a sign upon your heart and between your eyes…” Our Sages comment that […]

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