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Category: Moadim/Holidays

On the Nature of Birkat HaTorah

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 26, 2017

The following sources accompany a shiur that Rabbi Linzer gave on May 18, 2017   Can one recite Birkat HaTorah on Shavuot morning when he/she didn’t sleep the night before? 1. Magen Avraham, Laws of Shavuot, OH 494 לענין ברכת התורה אני מסופק דבסימן מ”ז סי”ב כתב אף אם למד בלילה וכו’ א”צ לברך כל Continue Reading »

What’s So Bad About Chametz?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on April 13, 2017

What is so bad about chametz?   On Pesach, not only may we not eat it, we may not derive any benefit from it, and we may not even own it.   And before Pesach we must search it out and destroy it.  What is this all about? A classic approach is to see chametz as representing Continue Reading »

Being In A House With Hametz

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on April 7, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Analyzing Parashat HaMoadim: Ch. 23

by Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom Posted on November 28, 2016

How Does the Day of Atonement Atone?

by Dr. Deena Grant Posted on October 26, 2016

The Meaning of the Kohen Gadol’s Clothing on Yom Hakippurim (Hebrew)

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman Posted on October 21, 2016

Understanding the Mizmorei Tehilim of Kabbalat Shabbat

by Dovi Nadel Posted on October 21, 2016

The Proper Practice of Repentance in the Haftarot of the Three Weeks

by Dr. Michelle Levine Posted on October 21, 2016

Time to Build the Sukkah!

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on October 14, 2016

There is a practice to build the sukkah immediately following Yom Kippur, to begin involving ourselves with mitzvot as soon as possible so as to turn our teshuva process into action.  But building a sukkah is not just one mitzvah of many mitzvot; it can be seen as a model of how we can live Continue Reading »

To Lead, Perchance to Dream

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 29, 2016

In memory of Shimon Peres, z”l, 1923-2016 The people about to enter the Land of Israel are different than those who left Egypt a generation earlier. These people were born free from slavery and can face the future without fear. They have forged a deep and lasting relationship with God over forty years in the Continue Reading »

Why Doesn’t Yom Kippur Come Before Rosh HaShana?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 25, 2016

The relationship between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is both obvious and complex. Obvious, in that Divine judgment and forgiveness are closely connected – we recognize that there is no one who can justify him or herself to their Creator, and thus a day of judgment requires a day of forgiveness which brings with it Continue Reading »

Why Do We Light?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on September 13, 2016

  The purpose of lighting Hanukkah candles is פרסומי ניסא which translates into creating a communal feeling of participating in the miracle. This participation needs to be more tangible than it is right now. I offer two ways of making פרסומי ניסא relevant. One, that we need to let Hanukkah be a reminder that we Continue Reading »