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Category: Moadim/Holidays

What’s So Bad About Chametz?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted 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. …

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 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.…