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The Prayers of Yom Kippur: Rabbi Weil

September 13, 2010, by

Understanding the depth and beauty of the prayers found in the Yom Kippur Machzor, based on Insights from Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik. One of the major themes in the machzor is the dialectic between the grandeur and majesty of the human condition on the one hand and the frail nature of the human condition on the

Understanding Yom Tov Sheni

September 12, 2010, by

Whether you’ll be traveling from chutz la’Aretz to Eretz Yisrael or visa versa, you’ll surely benefit from Rabbi Fried’s thoughtful review of the halachos that pertain to the second day of Yom Tov.

Humility and Honesty: The Antidote to Tisha B’Av

July 20, 2010, by

Rabban Gamliel’s reaction to being replaced as the leader demonstrated humility. This humility was lacking in the story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza. Presented by Rabbi Steven Burg as part of “Lamenting Our Loss: OU Tisha B’Av Video 5770”. Click here for the audio version

Tisha B’av 5770: The Meaning Behind the Tears

July 16, 2010, by

What happened on Tisha B’Av that caused so many tragedies to occur? An understanding of what the sin of the spies was all about. Join OU board member Charlie Harary for an inspiring spiritual journey into the root of the destruction underlying the most tragic day in Jewish history.

Tisha B’Av 5769: Finding Hope in the Destruction

June 29, 2010, by

Finding Hope in the Destruction Presented by Rabbi Yaakov Glasser. Rabbi Glasser’s shiur is geared towards teenagers, but it is appropriate for adults as well. Tisha B’Av is also called a Mo’ed; it’s not exclusively a sad day when we mourn the Beit HaMikdash. There is also an element that focuses on hope, on the future.