5779

Simḥat Yom Tov

Rabbi David Brofsky

Simḥat Yom Tov Rabbi David Brofsky Midreshet Lindenbaum The Torah commands in three places that one should “rejoice” on Yom Tov. Regarding Shavuot, the Torah says, “And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God” (Deut. 16:11), and the Torah mentions the obligation to rejoice twice in the context of Sukkot (Deut. 16:14–15). The Rishonim offer different …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Sukkot 5779

Hope and Faith Rabbi David Stav The holiday of Sukkot appears several times in the Torah, and is even discussed at length in Parshat Emor and in Parshat Re’eh. Surprisingly, however, our Sages instituted that the Torah reading for the Shabbat of Sukkot come from a number of verses in Parshat Ki Tisa, even though this …

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Shabbat Shuva 5779 – Video

Rabbi Riskin speaking at the podium

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s Shabbat Shuva 5779 Drasha (English) TOPIC:  “Today the world was conceived” – Today the First Human was Created in God’s Image: Halakhic and Theological Ramifications Regarding the Status of a Non-Jew, and Israel as a Nation-State of the Jewish People. Delivered in memory of Gini and Hans Bachrach z”l at Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Chana and …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Haazinu 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1- 32:52) By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remember the days of yore, understand the years (shenot) of each generation.” (Deuteronomy 32:7) Are we commanded to study world history? Certainly, I would say, on the basis of the simple meaning of the verse cited at the head of this commentary …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Yom Kippur 5779

To Forgive and Be Forgiven Rabbi David Stav Yom Kippur is upon us, and anyone who has ever been hurt by a friend, or just some other individual (haven’t we all?) knows exactly how hard it is to forgive. Those on the receiving end have nothing but their anger to use as a defense. With what …

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From Sacred Garments to Everyday Clothes

Rabbanit Nomi Berman

From Sacred Garments to Everyday Clothes Rabbanit Nomi Berman Rosh Beit Midrash, Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The details are dizzying.  First in the Torah and then mapped out in seven chapters of Mishnah.  Beginning seven days before Yom Kippur, the schedule of the Kohen Gadol is regimented and intense.  In …

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The Biblical Meaning of “Kippurim”

The Biblical Meaning of “Kippurim”  Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Midreshet Lindenbaum  Is the ‘Day of ATONEMENT’ a precise translation for YOM KIPPUR?  In English, the word ‘atonement’ implies amends for a certain wrongdoing. In this sense, the ‘Day of Atonement’ implies expiation for transgressions that may have been committed over the course of the previous year. …

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The Revelation of Yom Kippur

The Revelation of Yom Kippur Rabbanit Dena Freundlich Midreshet Lindenbaum The theme of “memory” figures prominently during the High Holy Days, particularly on Rosh Hashana, which the Torah calls Yom Hazikaron and Zichron Terua . To underscore this concept, our Sages quote God as saying, “Recite your memories to Me, so that your memories may come up to Me for …

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Next Year in Jerusalem: A Defining Call

Next Year in Jerusalem: A Defining Call Rabbi Benjy Myers Educational Director, Beren-Amiel and Straus Amiel Emissary Programs Twice a year we conclude a religious service with the words “Next year in Jerusalem” – “לשנה הבאה בירושלים”.  The first time is at the formal ending of the Pesach Seder, and the second is at the …

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