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Jewish Holidays

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 […]

Mirror Parallels

May 2, 2013, by

  Previous video                                                                                               Next video The Ten Commandments’ prominence in Judaism and in Western Civilization has been trumpeted in movies, and throughout history. But what spiritual message do the Commandments teach us? The Commandments and their deceptively simple structure betray deep meaning and the underlying principle of Judaism. View the video here. Aleph Beta Academy: […]

Two Tablets

May 2, 2013, by

How are the Ten Commandments spiritual? Explore the central principle of Judaism at the heart of the Ten Commandments.

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 Baruch Taub: Shavuot, Bamidbar, and 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.

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