Sukkot was given before the sin of the Golden Calf. Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana only came about afterwards, as a result of the sin. How are they connected?
The Arba Minim (4 species) – the lulav, etrog, aravot, and hadasim – represent our ability to perform and accomplish. The 7 Noahide laws represent the other nations’ ability to perform and accomplish. On Hoshana Rabbah we show our deeds are of a higher quality. For part 2 click here
For part 1 click here The proper attitude for doing for others is not “I have what to offer” but to do good because I want to do good. Whatever I have to offer is really from God. This is the attribute of David HaMelech.
Most people don’t wear Tefillin on Chol HaMoed. What is the reason why many don’t? Why do some wear Tefillin and what is the source for their minhag?
And when you gather the cuttings of your land, don’t cut the corner of your field when you harvest, and the fallings of your harvesting don’t gather, for the poor man and the convert you should leave them. – Vayikra 23:22 The Torah reading on the first days of Sukkos outlines the yomim tovim of year […]
Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. There is a well-known custom of inviting seven special guests, seven shepherds of our nation, into our sukkot, one on each night of Sukkot. What is this custom based on? The Torah commands, “You shall dwell in booths for a seven day period; every native in Israel shall dwell in […]
According to Rav Binyamin Shlomo Hamburger, the minhag in Worms was to use 68 aravot on Sukkot. Did other communities who followed minhagei Ashkenaz do likewise?
At its core, Sukkot is about faith. The Zohar and other midrashim describe the Sukkah in its spiritual sense as a shelter that gives off a shade called the “shade of faith.” We leave our sturdy homes and move into flimsy wooden shacks for seven days. Doing so helps us understand that true protection comes […]
Lulav: If First Day of Sukkot Is Shabbat You do not need to buy a fancy or expensive lulav and etrog if the first day of Sukkot is Shabbat, since the Torah requirement for the Etrog to be beautiful is only on the first day of Sukkot. Palm Branch Sizes Minimum length for lulav (palm […]