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Jewish Holidays

Torah Reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed

June 29, 2006, by

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

Get Happy!

June 29, 2006, by

Of all the seasons in the Jewish calendar year, Sukkot is the premier time to GET HAPPY!! Yes, it’s true that the biblical mitzvah (commandment) of “rejoicing on the festivals” also applies to both Pesach and Shavuot, while the rabbinically ordained holiday of Purim is by no means lacking in heart-lifting and joyous (and often […]

Sukkot and the Dedication of the Beit HaMikdash

June 29, 2006, by

The Haftarah of the second day of Sukkot details the dedication of the Beit HaMikdash (the Temple) by Shlomo Hamelech. The Haftarah narrates the final preparations for sanctifying the Beit HaMikdash, explaining that the Aron Ha-Kodesh (Holy Ark) was brought by the Kohanim into the Kodesh Hakodashim (Holy of Holies), after which Hashem’s cloud filled […]

Beauty and the Etrog

June 29, 2006, by

Every civilization and every philosophical system searches for the meaning of beauty. In classical Western thought, the pursuit of the Beautiful is deemed to be as basic as the quest for the Good and the True. Contemporary culture has been profoundly influenced by this perspective. To this day, the striving for beauty is a dominant […]

Simchat Beit HaShoeva: The Water Libations

June 29, 2006, by

Every sacrifice brought in the Temple was accompanied by a flour offering and the pouring of a prescribed measure of wine on the altar. During the seven days of the Festival of Sukkot a libation of water was added to that of wine together with each of the daily morning offerings. This water libation is […]

Sukkot: Seventy Oxen for the Nations of the World

June 29, 2006, by

After the regular daily offering in the Temple, the Additional Offerings were brought. Each day there was a different number of these Additional Offerings were to be brought. All together seventy oxen were to be brought in the course of the entire festival. These seventy oxen corresponded to the seventy original nations of the world […]

Aspects of the Four Species

June 29, 2006, by

“Origin of (the Four) Species” The Biblical origin is in the Book of Vayikra; specifically, in Parshat Emor, where the Torah commands “And you shall take for yourselves on the First Day the fruit of a beautiful tree, the branches of date palms, branches of the myrtle tree, and branches of the willow tree, and […]

The Laws of the Arba Minim, Four Species

June 29, 2006, by

And you shall take for you on the first day, the fruit of the tree ‘hadar’ and branches of palm trees, and a bough of the tree avot and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Hashem, your G-d, seven days. Leviticus Chapter 23. The mitzvah of taking the four species is […]

Placement of the Sukkah

June 29, 2006, by

1. Note that the twenty “amot” mentioned above as the maximum height of the Sukkah are measured from the surface on which the Sukkah stands, not necessarily from the ground. Thus, if for example Sukkot are built on top of a city skyscraper or the Shalom Tower in Tel Aviv, and the height of the […]

Decorations of the Sukkah (“Noy Sukkah”)

June 29, 2006, by

Our Sages have said, in Masechet Shabbat (133) the following: The verse “This is my G-d and I will give Him Beauty,” (Shemot 15:2) may be interpreted in this way …- (The Sages are offering a Midrashic explanation to answer the unasked question, “How can Man give anything to G-d?” Who was the Creator, and […]

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