Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

“Dayenu” – A Shiur for Pesach and Yom Ha’atzmaut

“Dayenu” – A Shiur for Pesach and Yom Ha’atzmaut Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, Midreshet Lindenbaum faculty How could an observant Jew say, let alone sing, that -‘it would have been enough’- even had God not given us the Torah? And how could a Zionist say, let alone sing, that -‘it would have been enough’- even if God …

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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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Shavuot and Matan Torah

Shavuot and Matan Torah Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum  When the Torah wishes to inform us of the ‘historical’ reason for a holiday, it certainly knows how to do so. Take for example the two other pilgrimage holidays – “chag ha’matzot” & “succot”: Even though these holidays are also presented from their ‘agricultural’ perspective (see …

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Chanukah: Its Biblical Roots

Chanukah: Its Biblical Roots Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum Is it simply by chance that Chanukah occurs on the 25th of Kislev?  Most students would answer with a definitive ‘YES’.  After all, doesn’t the word ‘Chanukah’ evolve from the popular acronym, CHANU be-CHAF HEH – they rested on the 25th (of Kislev)?  Presumably, then, had the …

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A ‘New Year’ in the Seventh month?

A ‘New Year’ in the Seventh Month? The Biblical Roots of the Holiday we Call Rosh ha’Shana Rabbi Menachem Leibtag Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum To our surprise, the holiday that we call Rosh Hashana is never referred to as such in Chumash!  In fact, Chumash tells us very little about this holiday that we are told to …

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