Rabbi David Brofsky

The Message of Purim

Rabbi David Brofsky

Taanit Esther and the Message of Purim By Rabbi David Brofsky Unlike the other “minor” fasts that are enumerated and discussed by the Talmud (Taanit 29a), Taanit Esther is not mentioned anywhere in the Mishna or Talmud. In fact, the earliest reference to Taanit Esther appears in the eighth-century geonic work Sheiltot DeRav Aḥai (Parashat …

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Hot off the Press… “Hilkhot Avelut”

hilchot avelutMazal tov to Rabbi David Brofsky, Senior Faculty of Midreshet Lindenbaum, on the publication of his most recent book: “Hilkhot Avelut.”

Rabbi David Brofsky is an author and educator who, in addition to teaching at Midreshet Lindenbaum also teaches at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalyim and Midreshet Torah V’Avoda. Rabbi Brofsky also writes a halakha shiur for Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Virtual Beit Midrash (VBM) and is an active member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and Tzohar.  He earned a BA and MA from Yeshiva University, and received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbanut HaRashit while studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion. 

Rabbi Brofsky’s other books are Hilkhot Avelut: A Comprehensive Guide to the Laws of Daily Prayer (KTAV/OU Press/Yeshivat Har Etzion 2010), Hilkhot Mo’adim: Understanding the Laws of the Festivals (Koren/Yeshivat Har Etzion 2013). He lives in Gush Etzion with his wife, Mali, and their four children.

Hilchot Sufganiyot

Rabbi David Brofsky

Hilchot Sufganiyot – The Laws of Jelly Doughnuts Rabbi David Brofsky, Midreshet Lindenbaum Hafrashas Challah The Torah (Bamidbar 15: 17-21) teaches that one must separate challa from the “first of your dough.” The Rishonim discuss the manner in which the dough is cooked or baked. Generally, when a sufficient quantity of dough is baked in an oven, one is obligated to …

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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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The Meaning of the Shofar and its Place in Mussaf

Rabbi David Brofsky

The Meaning of the Shofar and its Place in Mussaf Rabbi David Brofsky Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum The Torah commands “And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month…it shall be a day of terua for you” (Bamidbar 29:1). The Rabbis (Rosh HaShana 33) understand that this verse refers to the blowing of the shofar …

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SIMḥAT YOM TOV

Rabbi David Brofsky

  SIMḥAT YOM TOV Rabbi David Brofsky Midreshet Lindenbaum Faculty 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). …

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Mourning Practices During the Omer

Rabbi David Brofsky

Mourning Practices During the Omer Rabbi David Brofsky Senior Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum  The weeks between Pesaḥ and Shavuot are characterized by excitement and anticipation as the Jewish people count from the Exodus from Egypt until the giving of the Torah, but they are also marked by the observance of minhagei aveilut, mourning practices. The Gemara relates: …

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Parshat Zakhor

Rabbi David Brofsky

Parshat Zakhor Rabbi David Brofsky Senior Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum   The Mishna (Megilla 29a) enumerates the four Torah sections read during the months of Adar and Nisan: If Rosh Ḥodesh Adar falls on Shabbat, we read Parashat Shekalim. If it falls during the week, then we read Shekalim on the Shabbat preceding it.…On the second , …

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Chanukah as a Festival of Praise

Rabbi David Brofsky

Chanukah as a Festival of Praise Rabbi David Brofsky Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum The Nature of the Mitzvot of Chanukah Rambam begins each section of his Mishna Torah by listing the biblical and rabbinic mitzvot addressed within that section. In his introduction to the laws of Purim and Chanukah, he writes, “Contained within are two positive rabbinic …

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The Reason for Sukkot

The Reason for Sukkot By Rabbi David Brofsky The Torah explains the reason for the commandment to dwell in sukkot: “That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.” (Lev. 23:42–43) The Talmud records a debate about what …

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The Meaning of the Shofar and its Place in Mussaf

Rabbi David Brofsky

The Meaning of the Shofar and its Place in Mussaf Rabbi David Brofsky Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum The Torah commands “And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month…it shall be a day of terua for you” (Bamidbar 29:1). The Rabbis (Rosh HaShana 33) understand that this verse refers to the blowing of the shofar …

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