Chagim – The Jewish Festivals

Parshat Vayeshev: What Constitutes Guilt?

The article below is from Rabbi Riskin’s book Bereishit: Confronting Life, Love and Family, part of his Torah Lights series of commentaries on the weekly parsha, published by Maggid and available for purchase here. Parshat Vayeshev: What Constitutes Guilt? Rabbi

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Sanctifying Our Relationship with God

From the Inner Circle to the Outer Circle: Sanctifying our Relationship with God Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone We are involved in hakafot – literally forming circles – throughout the festival of

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Sukkot (Second Days) 5784

Shabbat Shalom: Sukkot (Second Days)  By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And everyone shall be united in following the will of our Father in Heaven.” (High Holy Day Liturgy) The second Mishnah in the fourth chapter of the Tractate

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How Did Shemini Atzeret Become Simchat Torah?

How Did Shemini Atzeret Become Simchat Torah? Rabbanit Sally Mayer is the Rosh Midrasha of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program The Torah describes Sukkot repeatedly as a seven-day holiday (Vayikra 23, Bamidbar 29, Devarim 16), but then

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Sukkot 5784

Shabbat Shalom: Sukkot By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –What is the true symbolism of the Sukkah? The Talmud (B.T. Sukkah 11b) cites a difference of opinion between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Eliezer as to whether the Sukkah commemorates the

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God Not Only Loves Us; He Needs Us!

God Not Only Loves Us; He Needs Us! Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone  Often, we look at the High Holidays as a two-holiday event consisting of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. After

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Yom Kippur: The Day of Non-Judgement

Yom Kippur: The Day of Non-Judgement Rabbi Shay Nave is the director of OTS’s The Monique & Mordecai Katz Yachad Program for Jewish Identity On Yom Kippur in Israel, the roads are quite empty and most people fast. The Israeli

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