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Jewish Holidays

Understanding Yom Tov Sheni

September 12, 2010, by

Whether you’ll be traveling from chutz la’Aretz to Eretz Yisrael or visa versa, you’ll surely benefit from Rabbi Fried’s thoughtful review of the halachos that pertain to the second day of Yom Tov.

The Etz Hachaim Within Us – 5770

May 17, 2010, by

No mention is made of Matan Torah in the context of Shavuot and no specific date is given in the Torah for Shavuot, we are only told it is the 50th day after the korban omer. Why is the Shtei HaLechem brought on shavuot, it’s not a fruit like the bikkurim!?!

Shavuos and the Awesomeness of Torah – 5769

May 27, 2009, by

The 3 avot parallel the 3 regalim. Avraham represents Pesach, Yitzchak represents Shavuot, and Yaakov represents Sukkot. How does Yitzchak represents Shavuot? What is the connection between the Shofar and Torah? Presented by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Director of Kosher Education and host of “The Good Vort” on OURadio.org. Recorded live at OU World Headquarters NY, […]

Shavuot: Countdown

May 27, 2009, by

Of Biblical Proportions is a fresh, new comic strip that depicts the weekly Torah portion with modern, humorous twists. The cartoon was conceived and created by NY-based freelance cartoonist Chari Pere. You can view more of her work at www.charipere.com and www.heyyiddlediddle.com.

Taking Ruth into Home Stretch

May 25, 2009, by

“Shvoo-oat? That’s a new one. Is it one of those minor holidays?” I’d met Sharon downstairs at the mailboxes in our building’s lobby. I’ve never figured out exactly what floor she lives on in our twenty-one story building. Our relationship was made up of brief conversations in the elevator, me getting off in the single […]

Conversion is So Not Original

May 25, 2009, by

You never know when someone you’ve just met will change your life. I have attracted many of these people, the sort who turn your life upside down and force you to see it in a whole new way. Did Ruth, whose story we read every Shavuot, expect upon meeting her mother-in-law for the first time […]

Say Cheese-Cake! And Let The Calories Begin

May 21, 2009, by

Everybody has their favorite cheesecake. Cheesecakes are a delicious and popular choice to serve for Shavuot along with cheese kugels and blintzes. You can either buy or bake cheesecakes in a variety of flavors, from plain, marble, strawberry, sugar-free for diabetics, even dairy-free cheesecakes for those who are lactose-intolerant or to serve with a meat […]

Shavuot: A Wedding, Omer, & Ultimate Humanity

May 21, 2009, by

1. Shavuot night is like a wedding without worrying about the color scheme – a night of pure encounter. Torat Hashem Temimah Meshivat Nefesh – Torah heals the soul. Pekudei Hashem Yesharim Misamchei Leiv. It brings great inner joy. So why do we stay up all night? It’s like that first taste of love. Picture […]

David HaMelech, Tefillah and Women

May 21, 2009, by

A look at the unusual grandmothers of King David. Esther Wein’s new shiur for Shavuot. Dovid HaMelech is the tikun for Adam HaRishon. He says of himself, “I am prayer” because the essence of Tefillah is praying to be an Adam.

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