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Category: Moadim/Holidays

Rain, Rain Go Away?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted 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 winter, a crucial need in an agricultural world.…

How Could We be Commanded to Commit Genocide?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted 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 the tribe with the same rapacious culture.…

Responses to the Churban: Crying, Laughing and Taking Action

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted 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.  …

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 LinzerPosted 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 of resolving some of the halakhic tensions between hearing and blowing.…

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 LinzerPosted 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 that occurs on the second day of Pesach.…

Money Designated For Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher KatzPosted on July 5, 2016

To read this hebrew article, click here.…

Circumcision and Korban Pesach

by Rabbi Ysoscher KatzPosted on July 5, 2016

To read this Hebrew article, click here.…

It’s Never Too Late

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on July 5, 2016

God has blessed Toby and me with three wonderful children: Dena, Elana and Dov. We were also blessed with a fourth child born between Elana and Dov.  His name was Yitzchak Rafael.  It will be 40 years ago this coming December that Yitzchak Rafael came into this world. …

Chanuka and Purim – A Study of Their Differences

by Rabbi Nathaniel HelfgotPosted on July 5, 2016

From a purely halakhic point of view, we generally regard Chanuka and Purim as equal in status. Both festivals are de-rabanan (rabbinically mandated), and the issue of “pirsum ha-nes” (publicizing the miracle) is central to both of them. This trend of thought finds expression in the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah.…