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Jewish Holidays

Sukkot in Hebron

October 18, 2006, by

Sukkot in Hebron – A Shining Light of Happiness. If you have questions or comments for David Wilder please send them to: hebron@hebron.org.il

Shabbat Chol Hamoed

June 29, 2006, by

The morning Torah reading of Shabbat Chol HaMoed consists of selected portions from Parshas Ki Sisa. The conclusion of the kriah summarily addresses the Shalosh Regalim, and this would seem to be the relevance of the reading to the day. However, the first six aliyos have nothing to do with Yom Tov; rather, they deal […]

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 […]

The Recitation of Hallel

June 29, 2006, by

Hallel consists of six Psalms (113-118), which are said as a unit, on joyous occasions, when the praise of G-d is particularly appropriate, immediately following the Shacharit “Shemoneh Esrei.” These occasions include the following: The three “major” festivals, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, the term “major” meaning that the festival is mentioned in the “Chamisha Chumshei […]

Sukkot: The Four Species

June 29, 2006, by

There is a commandment that is unique to Sukkot – the commandment to dwell in the Sukkah. There is another commandment which is also unique to Sukkot – the commandment to take the Four Species. In Vayikra (23:40) the verse says “And you shall take for yourself on the first day the fruit of a […]

Sukkot: Why Do We Sit In Booths?

June 29, 2006, by

The holiday of Sukkot starts on the 15th day of Tishrei. The holiday of Sukkot is characterized by the unique commandment of dwelling in Sukkot – temporary, hut-like dwellings, as the Torah says in Vayikra (23: 42-43 ) “In booths you are to dwell for seven days …so that your generations will know that I caused […]

Sukkot: An Agricultural or Historic Holiday?

June 29, 2006, by

Wouldn’t make more sense to celebrate Sukkot during the month of Nisan instead of Tishrei? After all, this is the holiday that commemorates our dwelling in ‘booths’ in the desert after we left Egypt, and it was in the month of Nisan that we first set up camp in the desert! In fact, Sukkot was […]

The Mitzvah of Building a Sukkah

June 29, 2006, by

In general, a mitzva consists of performing a certain action with a particular object. For example eating matza, donning tefillin, “taking” a lulav, and blowing a shofar are all considered mitzvot. The mitzva consists of a precise action performed with a specific item known as the “cheftza” of the mitzva. In general, the “manufacture” of […]

Travelling and the Mitzva of Sukkah

June 29, 2006, by

This article will treat the permissibility of eating and sleeping outside the sukkah during trips taken during Chol Ha-mo’ed – specifically those organized, as is customary, by youth groups. SOURCE The primary source on this issue is the passage in Sukkah (26a): “The Rabbis taught: Those travelling during the day are exempt from sukkah during […]

Why is Sukkot Different?

June 29, 2006, by

The Torah reading for the first two days of Sukkot raises some serious questions. We understand that the reading is, for the most part (aliyot 1-4), not an historical depiction of Sukkot, as the Torah does not provide such narrative. However, when the Torah does focus its attention on Sukkot (aliyah 5), the presentation is […]

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