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Bringing the Holidays to the People From Rosh Hashana through Sukkot, as Jews of all backgrounds seek meaning and opportunities to connect, the Jewish cultural coordinators of OTS’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity run a range of inviting events which attract tens of thousands of people of all ages. “A secular couple came to hear …

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Rabbanit Sally Mayer

Parshat Naso: Why Do We Go To Extremes? Rabbanit Sally Mayer is the Rosh Midrasha of Midreshet Lindenbaum‘s Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program Parshat Naso describes the option to become a nazir, prohibiting oneself from drinking wine (and even eating grapes!), cutting one’s hair and participating in the funeral even of the closest relatives. …

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Rabbi Jeffrey Saks

The Moral Imperative of “The Strength of His Works” by Rabbi Jeffrey Saks  Rabbi Jeffrey Saks is the founding director of ATID and its WebYeshiva.org program, and the editor of the journal Tradition. He learned in Yeshivat Hamivtar (1988-89) and subsequently served as its director (1994-96). Rashi opens his monumental commentary on the Torah with …

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Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin

Settling into the Unsettled, Outside: Celebrating Sukkot in the Time of Corona by Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin  Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, Esq., an alumna of Midreshet Lindenbaum (’91), is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Indie Film Clinic at the Cardozo School of Law. Volleyball net. Outdoor patio heater.  A pop-up canopy. Tables for …

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Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence

The Sukkot of the Mind by Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence  Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, a graduate of OTS’s Yeshivat Hamivtar, is Senior Rabbi at London’s Finchley United Synagogue (Kinloss Gardens) The Sukkah is about a change of outlook. A change of mind. R’ Simcha Meir Dvinsk, the Meshech Chochma, explains that the mitzvot of Sukkot both embrace …

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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Shabbat Shalom: Sukkot By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –   One of the most picturesque and creative festivals of the year is the Festival of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) – when the entire family is involved in building and decorating a special “nature home” which will be lived in for an entire week. But …

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Rabbanit Sally Mayer

Why did Shemini Atzeret Become Simchat Torah? Rabbanit Sally Mayer is Rosh Midrasha of the Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The Torah describes Succot repeatedly as a seven–day holiday (Vayikra 23, Bemidbar 29, Devarim 16). Yet the pesukim add that the eighth day will be “atzeret,” literally “stopping” or “gathering,” to be celebrated …

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Sukkot in Poland

Sukkot of the World OTS emissaries cap the period of Jewish festivals in communal sukkot that they built all around the world. “To bring the spirit of the holiday from the State of Israel.”    By Reut Hadar – 28 September, 2018 (translated from Hebrew) Throughout the world, many Jewish people celebrate the Sukkot holiday. …

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Shabbat Shalom: Chol HaMoed Sukkot By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – What is the true symbolism of the succa? The Talmud (B.T. Succa 11b) cites a difference of opinion between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Eliezer as to whether the succa commemorates the actual huts in which the Israelites dwelt in the desert, or the “clouds of glory” which …

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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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