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Jewish Holidays

The Ever-Repeated Story

Bamidbar takes up the story as we left it toward the end of Shemot. The people had journeyed from Egypt to Mount Sinai. There they received the Torah. There they made the Golden Calf. There they were forgiven after Moses’ passionate plea, and there they made the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, inaugurated on the first of […]

Shavuot: An Overview

May 18, 2015, by

Shavuot, along with Passover and Sukkot, is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. It is celebrated on the 6th of Sivan in Israel, and the 6th and 7th of Sivan in the diaspora. The Bible describes Shavuot as an agricultural holiday: the festival of Reaping (Jeremiah 5:24, Deuteronomy 16:9-11, Isaiah 9:2). Seven weeks were counted from […]

Shavuot: The Scandalous Backstory of Ruth & Boaz

May 18, 2015, by

Why do we read the book of Ruth on Shavuot and how do we understand the whole seduction story. Where is the story coming from? Learn the Book of Ruth with this video presentation by Rabbi David Fohrman like you never have before and discover why it’s read on Shavuot. See more on Aleph Beta.

Hilchot Eruv Tavshilin

September 24, 2014, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Eruv Tavshilin. 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 […]

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 […]

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