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Jewish Holidays

Simchas Torah: Convergence to Infinity

October 13, 2016, by

On Hoshana Rabbah we are vindicated from the accusations of the nations of the world. Why is the holiday that follows called Simchat Torah? What is the connection? Why does staying an extra day to celebrate with Hashem help, doesn’t it just push off the inevitable and make the separation even more difficult?

You Can’t Help Me; You Can’t Harm Me

September 21, 2016, by

“He became King over Yeshurun when the numbers of the nation gathered, the tribes of Israel in unity.” — Devarim 33:5 In his final address to the Jewish people, Moshe Rabbeinu gives each shevet a bracha and charges them with their national responsibilities. Immediately prior, he spoke to the entire people saying, “When the Jews […]

Hilchot Yom Tov

September 24, 2014, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Yom Tov. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]

A Review of Hilchot Yom Tov

April 10, 2014, by

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

Haftorahman: Haftarah for Simchat Torah

October 7, 2012, by

The haftarah for Simchat Torah (the beginning of the book of Yehoshua/Joshua) – continues the story where the Torah reading left off. It begins with the death of Moshe Rabbeinu and discusses the beginning of Joshua’s leadership. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this holiday’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting […]

Haftorahman: Simchat Torah

October 17, 2011, by

The haftarah, the beginning of the book of Yehoshua, picks up the story where the Torah reading left off, with Moshe’s death & Yehoshua becoming the leader. 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 […]

Sukkot, Simchat Torah and “Zot HaTorah”

October 4, 2010, by

Understanding the joy associated with Sukkot, Simchat Torah and “Zot HaTorah” – “This Torah”. In one of the piyutim for Simchat Torah we refer to the Torah as “Zot HaTorah”. An exploration of what the phrase means based on the 2 places in the Torah where the phrase is used.

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.

Simchat Torah: The Secret of Our Eternity

September 30, 2009, by

Jews live in calendar dialectics, oscillating between two Jewish New Years (Tishrei/Nissan) and two Judgment Days (Rosh HaShanah/Yom Kippur). Perhaps the greatest Jewish storyteller of all time, the Dubner Maggid, (Rabbi Yaakov Krantz, d. 1804) was once asked: Why do we celebrate both Simchat Torah (the completion of the annual Torah cycle) and Shavuot (commemorating […]

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