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    The Essence of Sukkot

    Returning to the Land

    The Sukkot holiday is full of mitzvot (good deeds), including the mitzvah of the lulav, the four species. Our Sages say that the four species are similar to weapons - the lulav is similar to a sword, or perhaps a rifle, the etrog maybe to a grenade. In any event, the Sages intend to tell us that there are spiritual wars and there are physical wars, and Man in this world must confront various pests and ward them off.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Tishrei 14 5782
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    The Essence of Sukkot

    Absence makes the heart Grow fonder..

    The “3 Festivals” (or “R’galim”) have connections between them- such as the ‘Hekish’ (connection) between Pesach and Succos.

    Rabbi Avraham Berk | Tishrei 13 5782
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    3 min
    The Spirit of the Holiday

    The Day The Music Died

    Music has a tremendous power - for the good or the bad. It all depends on the soul of the composer and the musician.

    Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Tishrei 13 5782
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    Chol Hamoed

    Chol Hamo’eid – Weekday or Yom Tov?

    : My shoes tore on Yom Tov. May I have them repaired on Chol Hamo’eid? The supermarket has something on sale on Chol Hamo’eid that I need for after Yom Tov. May I purchase it? Someone told me that Chol Hamo’eid is sometimes stricter than Shabbos. How can that be?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Tishrei 11 5782
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    Ha'azinu

    A Leader’s Call to Responsibility

    When words take wing, they modulate into song. That is what they do here in Ha’azinu as Moses, with the Angel of Death already in sight, prepares to take leave of this life.

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | Tishrei 11 5782
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    Ha'azinu

    Hut One, Hut Two..

    Moshe’s final speech is really biting & critical. So much talk about all the negative things that can & will happen to us if we stray from G-d. I ask you: Is this really how Moshe wants to be remembered?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tishrei 9 5782
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    General Halachot

    What Are the Laws & Customs of the Upcoming Sukkot Holiday?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Tishrei 9 5782
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    39 min
    Orot HaTshuva

    Responsibility for Teshuva Within Our Family: "Does Father Know Best?"

    Teshuva is usually seen from my personal point of view, but Rav Kook deals with the very common problem of taking responsibility to rebuke our children and even our wives/husbands, to purify the spiritual atmosphere of our homes. This issue is seldom dealt with, and the class deals with many practical suggestions and solutions how to politely rebuke without having it be counterproductive.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tishrei 9 5782
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    Ha'azinu

    Nature's Testimony

    These last chapters of the Torah, culminating in this week's reading, are all very serious and have an almost fearsome quality and tone. Heaven and earth are called upon to be the ultimate witnesses regarding the covenant that the Lord has made with Israel for all time.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Tishrei 9 5782
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    The Spirit of the Holiday

    Succot's Relief

    he culmination of the great month of Tishrei occurs with the commemoration of the holiday of Succot. It provides a joyful relief and release from the intensity of the first two major holidays of the month, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Tishrei 9 5782
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    Igrot Hare’aya

    Arrangements with a Mashgiach

    Igrot Hare’aya #58,60

    Igrot Hare’aya #58,60

    Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit | Tishrei 9 5782
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    P'ninat Mishpat

    Compensation for Questionable Firing

    based on ruling 81036 of the Eretz Hemdah-Gazit Rabbinical Courts

    based on ruling 81036 of the Eretz Hemdah-Gazit Rabbinical Courts

    Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit | Tishrei 9 5782
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    The Essence of Yom Kippur

    The Secret of Yom Kippur

    Why does Yom Kippur atone for Israel's sins? The secret is rooted in the "covenant of love" between G-d and His people Israel...

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | Tishrei 9 5782
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    The Essence of Yom Kippur

    The Yom Kippur Time Tunnel

    Why is it important that atonement and repentance remain outside the framework of time?And we may be like angels on the Day of Atonement, but the rest of the year, we are simply flesh and blood, so how are our sins of the year atoned for?

    Rabbi Netanel Yossifun | Tishrei 9 5782
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Hashem, Our Protector

    Parashat Ha’azinu comes out a couple of days before Sukkot, and it is instructive to look for themes that are common to the two.

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tishrei 8 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Chalaka (Upsherin) on Chol Hamo’ed

    Our grandson was born on Chol Hamo’ed Sukkot. The other set of grandparents live in chutz la’aretz and will be visiting for Sukkot, without time for a chalaka before or after chag. May we do the hair cutting on Chol Hamo’ed?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tishrei 8 5782
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    Igrot Hare’aya

    Protesting Chilul Shabbat

    Igrot Hare’aya #57

    Igrot Hare’aya #57

    Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit | Tishrei 6 5782
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Properly Channeling the Desire for Spirituality

    The holiest day, Yom Kippur, and its preceding day contain apparently polar opposite elements – the firm requirement to fast on Yom Kippur and the requirement to eat on Erev Yom Kippur. When one eats then, it is equivalent to one who fasted both days. What is the nature of this dichotomy?

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Tishrei 6 5782
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    Measuring the Amount One Can Eat/Drink

    I will need to drink on Yom Kippur in shiurim (small amounts at a time to lower the violation). Should I prepare the portions of liquid beforehand in order to not have to measure on Yom Kippur?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Tishrei 6 5782
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    P'ninat Mishpat

    Can They Change Agreements in the Middle?

    based on ruling 81032 of the Eretz Hemdah-Gazit Rabbinical Courts

    based on ruling 81032 of the Eretz Hemdah-Gazit Rabbinical Courts

    Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit | Tishrei 6 5782
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