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Jewish Holidays

The All-Nighter on Shavuot

April 30, 2013, by

The scene is familiar. An auditorium or hall is stuffed full of bodies hunched over books. In the corner, there’s a table bearing snacks and caffeinated beverages. It could be any pre-finals study session in any college in the world but it isn’t. You’ve stumbled into a synagogue on the night of Shavuot, when the […]

Shavuot: Judgment of Desire

May 25, 2012, by

Why are there no symbols on Shavuot unlike other holidays; what is the focus of the day? How is Shavuot parallel to Shemini Atzeret? Why is Earthly enjoyment (“lachem”) crucial to Shavuot?

Rabbi Taub: Shavuot, Bamidbar, & Har Sinai

May 25, 2012, by

We don’t know where Har Sinai is, unlike most other places in Tanach. This deemphasizes the location and further emphasize the content. Rabbi Taub also discusses similarities to the mishkan. A shiur on the Shavuot and Parshat Bamidbar presented at the OU Israel Center.

Haftorahman: Shavuot Day 1

May 24, 2012, by

The Haftarah for the first day of Shavuot is Yechezkel’s vision of the Merkavah (chariot). Haftorahman explains why Chazal choose it for this day. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, making learning the Haftorah a fun and enlightening experience […]

Haftorahman: Shavuot Day 2

May 24, 2012, by

In the haftarah the Jews complain Hashem is abandoning them. God responds: “I didn’t abandon you, you didn’t follow the Torah which I gave you!” Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, making learning the Haftorah a fun and enlightening experience […]

Yom HaMeyuchas: The Day of Distinction

June 3, 2011, by

The forty-sixth day of the Omer, the Sefirah-Count, is called Yom HaMeyuchas, the Day of Distinction. It is the Second Day of Sivan, the day before the beginning of the Shloshet Yemei Hagbalah, the Three Days of Restraint that Moshe commanded the Jewish People to observe; restraint in approach to Mt. Sinai and restraint from […]

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