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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Moadim/Holidays

Analyzing Parashat HaMoadim: Ch. 23

by Rabbi Yitzchak EtshalomPosted on November 28, 2016

How Does the Day of Atonement Atone?

by Dr. Deena GrantPosted on October 26, 2016

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

by Dr. Yonatan GrossmanPosted on October 21, 2016

Understanding the Mizmorei Tehilim of Kabbalat Shabbat

by Dovi NadelPosted on October 21, 2016

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

by Dr. Michelle LevinePosted on October 21, 2016

Time to Build the Sukkah!

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted 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 our lives better in the year to come.…

To Lead, Perchance to Dream

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted 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 wilderness.…

Why Doesn’t Yom Kippur Come Before Rosh HaShana?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted 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 the Divine gift of atonement.…

Why Do We Light?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted 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.…

A Tale of Two Seders: Are We Defined by Law or Narrative?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on September 12, 2016

The question of studying halakha vs. telling the story at Seder Pesach influences the way we understand our own obligation to know and study the halakha. It is clear that the halakha tells us to tell the story and does not tell us to study the halakhot.…

Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat? Jewish Identity and the Mitzvot of Pesach.

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on September 12, 2016

Although there are parts of Pesach and the Seder that are exclusive, their true purpose is to bond the Jewish people together more closely as a unit. Recent research about addiction indicates that social alienation and lack of feeling bonded, a part of something, makes people deeply vulnerable to addiction as well as other social ills.…

Should Mordechai Have Bowed?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on September 9, 2016

The Peshat of the Megillah is that Mordechai didn’t bow to Haman because of personal rivalry, family hostility, and ethnic pride. I seriously question, considering the consequences, if these reasons are justified. In other words, if that’s the only reason he didn’t want to bow, he really should have.…