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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.

Celebrating Sukkot With Culinary Stars’ Favorites

October 6, 2008, by

Starry, starry nights, eating meals in the Sukkah with its leafy roof partly open to the star-studded sky, and enjoying a variety of vegetables and fruits from the final fall harvest is always a memorable and spiritual experience. The Sukkah symbolizes the temporary shelters in which our ancestors lived during their 40 years in the […]

High Holiday Baking

September 25, 2008, by

Cakes, cookies and breads that I bake for the Holidays, I bake only for the Holidays. Except for testing out recipes, that is. In this way, my High Holiday baked goods are cherished on two levels: First, my family looks forward to these special foods that come just once a year. And second, I have […]

About Work Restrictions

June 29, 2006, by

All Jewish holidays and observances, with the exception of some fasts, begin on the evening previous to the first day. Except as noted, all require special additional prayers and services are held in the Synagogue. All Jewish Holidays with Sabbath-like restrictions require that all normal business, school or secular activities cease about two hours before […]

Shemini Atzeret: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

June 29, 2006, by

We were given the commandment to take the Lulav and Etrog so that we would have a reminder during Sukkot that the happiness we feel on the holiday is to be directed towards Hashem. The Sefer HaChinuch explains that on other holidays, we do not need such a reminder because of the various commandments associated with […]

Stories that Teach

June 29, 2006, by

Throughout Sukkot, special offerings were brought on the Altar in the Temple. Our Sages have taught us that the 70 special bull sacrifices brought on Sukkot were for the benefit of the 70 nations of the world. On Shemini Atzeret, the holiday that appears to be the eighth day of Sukkot, only one bull sacrifice […]

From Seven to Eight – From Sukkot to Shmini Atzeret

June 29, 2006, by

This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Is ‘eight’ a magic number in Sefer Vayikra? Or, is it only coincidental that: In Parshat Shmini – the ‘eighth day’ is chosen for the dedication of the Mishkan; In Parshat Tazria – the ‘eighth day’ is chosen for the […]

How to leave the Sukkah without creating an uproar

June 29, 2006, by

To what extent does one “live in” the Sukkah on Shmini Atzeret? There are a variety of customs in connection with the degree to which the Sukkah is “lived in” on Shmini Atzeret. One custom is to eat both the evening meal and the following day’s meal in the Sukkah, as on Sukkot. A second […]

Mashiv HaRuach: Jewish Prayer for Wind and Rain

June 29, 2006, by

How do Jews pray for wind and rain? Actually, we are not ready at this point in the season to request rain; it is a bit early, and the “olai regel,” “the people who have gone up by foot,” to come to Yerushalayim for the Holiday in fulfillment of the Biblical command, need to get […]

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