Everybody knows Hallel. They know it in their sleep. And everybody knows what it means. “Praise”. Every siddur translates it that way. But did you ever notice how different the kepitlach are from each other? For instance look at 113. Just as we would expect, it is full of general praise for HaShem– how He […]
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.
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. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein 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 […]
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 […]