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Category: Moadim/Holidays

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

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted 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. Based on the discussion of the four sons Continue Reading »

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

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted 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 Continue Reading »

Should Mordechai Have Bowed?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted 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. However, Chazal say that maybe the Continue Reading »

Rain, Rain Go Away?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on September 7, 2016

The thought came to me when I began this daf that an important theme has dropped out of Sukkot the way we celebrate it: the theme of water. At the time of Chazal, and even more so in the time of the Second Temple, Sukkot was largely about doing rituals and praying for a rainy Continue Reading »

How Could We be Commanded to Commit Genocide?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on September 6, 2016

Amalek, as it appears in the פשט of the תנ”ך and in חז”ל and the later Midrashim is a tribe that raids others both for status and for economic necessity. The only way to be safe from a tribe with this kind of predatory culture is to destroy it entirely because any remnant will rebuild Continue Reading »

Responses to the Churban: Crying, Laughing and Taking Action

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 10, 2016

The most immediate response to the destruction of the Temple was crying, sorrow and lamentations – a response that we try to relive on Tisha b’Av.  But it is not possible, certainly on a national level, for the sense of tragedy and loss to dominate and define our religious life.  We thus find that soon Continue Reading »

Saying Al Ha’Nissim on Yom Ha’atzmaut

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 5, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

The Mitzvah of Shofar

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 4, 2016

This shiur focuses on the question of whether the mitzvah of shofar on Rosh HaShana is to blow or to hear the shofar. In addition to addressing some of the halakhic aspects of that question, it attempts to see how the טעמי המצוה interact with its halakhic formulation, and how this enables a fuller way Continue Reading »

Snow on Shabbat

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on July 26, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

U’vda D’chol on Shabbat

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on July 26, 2016)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Shavuot: Chag v’Chesed

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on July 5, 2016

The holiday of Shavuot is generally assumed to commemorate the giving of the Torah, which occurred on the sixth of Sivan. In the Torah, however, Shavuot is only described as an agricultural holiday and occurs not on any particular calendrical date, but at the culmination of seven weeks from the beginning of the harvest season Continue Reading »

Money Designated For Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz Posted on July 5, 2016

To read this hebrew article, click here.