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Jewish Holidays

Sukkot and the Power to Transform Trash Into Love

September 16, 2015, by

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 […]

Halacha L’Maaseh on Arba Minim

September 16, 2015, by

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 […]

Sukkot FAQs: Building & Eating in the Sukkah

October 7, 2014, by

OU Kosher presents frequently asked questions to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) by consumers in preparation for Sukkot. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org. The questions below were answered by  Rabbi Eli Gersten, rabbinic coordinator and halachic recorder. The responses were reviewed by Rabbi Yaakov Luban, OU Kosher executive rabbinic coordinator. Rabbi Moshe Zywica, OU Kosher executive […]

Hoshanos

September 29, 2014, by

Hoshanos are the prayers recited when the congregation forms a processional with lulav and esrog in hand. The name comes from the refrain of “hosha na,” meaning “please save.” This processional is based upon what was done in the Temple. The mishna in Succah (4:5) describes how on each day of Sukkos, the kohanim (priests) […]

Hilchot Eruv Tavshilin

September 24, 2014, by

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

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 […]

Haftorahman: Haftarah for the 1st Day of Sukkot

September 15, 2014, by

The Haftarah for the first day of Sukkot is taken from the book of Zechariah. It discusses the war of Gog uMagog & its aftermath, which the rabbis say will take place on Sukkot. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting […]

Yom Tov Sheini

May 27, 2014, by

A background on Yom Tov Sheni with an explanation by Rav Shimshon Refael Hirsch as to why we observe a 2nd day of Yom Tov outside Israel even today when our calendar is fixed.

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 […]

Hilchos Chol HaMoed

April 10, 2014, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Chol-Hamoed. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Rama, and the Mishna Berurah, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebbeim. As individual […]

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