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Category: Moadim/Holidays

See and Sanctify

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 15, 2018

Rabbi Linzer is currently traveling and will soon be sending out his part 2 of “May a Kohen be a Doctor?”  For now, in anticipation of YCT’s upcoming dinner this Sunday, celebrating 18 years and 120 musmachim, he would like to share with you the following words on Parashat HaChodesh drawn on a speech he delivered at our dinner a few years ago.…

Reading the Megillah in English

Kyra Young (Posted on February 26, 2018)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Rabbi Meir Ben Zion Hai Uziel (1880-1953) was the Rishon Li’tziyyon (Sephardi Chief Rabbi) at the time of the founding of the State of Israel. He served as Chief Rabbi of Salonica, a major Jewish community pre- World War II, and of Tel Aviv.…

There’s No Going Home Again? – Where Do Travelers, Guests, and College Students Light Hanukkah Candles?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 14, 2017

Many of us fondly remember precious moments with our families during Hanukkah – lighting candles, singing songs, eating latkes, and playing dreidel. The family-oriented strand of this holiday is actually deeply woven into its mitzvot and halakhic requirements. The obligation rests not on the individual, as is the case with almost all other mitzvot, but on the household as a unit, ner ish u’veito, a candle for the person and his household.…

Urban Living: Where to Light Your Menorah

Bina Westrich (Posted on December 12, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

This teshuvah is the fourth in a series of teshuvot related to the yamim tovim. Check out the first, second, and third teshuvot as well. Each teshuvah is introduced with a small biography of the author, and teshuvot are chosen to reflect a diverse range of halakhic approaches featuring pre-modern and modern poskim from different geographical areas.…

Less Fire, More Light – Lighting Hanukkah Candles Without Burning Your House Down

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on December 7, 2017

The story of Yosef and his brothers has, on the face of it, nothing to do with Hanukkah. But as it is often read right around Hanukkah time, it is not surprising that attempts have been made to find connections to Hanukkah.…

Is There a Bracha for Sukkah Hopping?

Bina Westrich (Posted on October 3, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Not Wearing Shoes Doesn’t Mean Going Barefoot

Bina Westrich (Posted on September 26, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Time to Build the Sukkah!

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on September 18, 2017

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 teshuvah 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.…

The Prayers of Small Gestures

Bina Westrich (Posted on September 12, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Should We Regret Making the Right Decision?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on July 31, 2017

  Much of the regret that we express on Tisha B’Av and the teshuva that we do is for sins of the past or for שנאת חנם which, though it still continues doesn’t indicate any specific moment or act. I have identified another theme in the Tisha B’Av story, which I feel may give us one more opportunity to do real teshuva on that day and in our lives.…

Panel Discussion- Jerusalem: Fifty Years On, Between Our Hearts and Minds

by Rabbi Nathaniel HelfgotDr. Tammy JacobowitzRabbi Steven ExlerPosted on July 6, 2017

On the Nature of Birkat HaTorah

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on May 26, 2017

כי שם ה’ אקרא הבו גודל לא-לוהינו For the name of the Lord I proclaim; Give glory to our God (Devarim 32:3)   This verse, from Parashat Haazinu which we will be reading this Shabbat, Shabbat Shuva, is the basis for our daily recitation of Birkat HaTorah.…