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Category: Moadim/Holidays

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Speaking During Mussaf: To Correct or Not To Correct?

On each day of Rosh HaShanah the shofar is blown no fewer than one hundred times in synagogue. The first thirty blasts before the mussaf service are known as tekiot d’meyushav, while the last seventy blasts blown during and after mussaf are known as tekiot d’meumad.…

Insights into the Yom Kippur Mahzor (Audio Only)

by Rabbi David Silber
Posted on September 22, 2022

What Does Malkhuyot Have to With Rosh Hashanah? (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 22, 2022

Did the King Know of Haman’s Plot? (Audio Only)

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman
Posted on September 22, 2022

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How Central is Kingship to Rosh Hashanah?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 21, 2022

The Shofar: Object and Meaning in Hasidic Thought

by Dr. Biti Roi
Posted on September 21, 2022

How Many Jewish New Years are There and How Do We Know?

by Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox
Posted on September 21, 2022

Erev Yom Kippur in the Aggadah

by Rabba Wendy Amsellem
Posted on September 21, 2022

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Shemitah or Shnat Shabbaton? When Torah Values Collide

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 21, 2022

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Should Children Mourn the Loss of the Temple?

Anyone who has spent time at a Jewish summer camp has inevitably confronted questions regarding what children should or shouldn’t do in the weeks preceding Tisha B’Av and on Tisha B’Av itself. From the 17th of Tammuz, many Ashkenazim have the custom not to shave or conduct weddings, and beginning with Rosh Chodesh Av, there are additional customs such as refraining from bathing, laundering one’s clothes, and listening to live music.…

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The Study of Kabbalah

The well-known custom of staying up all night on Shavuot to study Torah originated as a kabbalistic practice with roots in the Zohar. Every Shavuot, the Zohar explains, God marries the Jewish people once again, and the study of Torah beautifies the shechina (divine presence) before the marriage ceremony is to commence.…

Achrei Mot: Counting Sefirat HaOmer

by Jason Goldstein
Posted on April 28, 2022

What is the purpose of Sefirat HaOmer? We are now well into our yearly journey through Sefirat HaOmer. We began counting on the second day of Pesach and will continue through Shavuot. Day in and day out, week in and week out, we count.…