Simchat Torah: The Festival of Ingathering the Torah

Simchat Torah: The Festival of Ingathering the Torah

We call the last day of the festival Simchat Torah, because we rejoice and eat a festive meal to honor the completion of the Torah (Rem”a, Orach Chaim 669:1) וקורין יום טוב האחרון שמחת תורה, לפי ששמחין ועושין בו סעודת משתה לגמרה של תורה – רמ”א אורח חיים תרס”ט, א The second Luchot were given to Moshe on Yom Kippur, after […]

October 17, 2019 at 2:46 AM 0 comments

Happy Feet

Happy Feet

יונה בן אמיתי מעולי רגלים היה ונכנס לשמחת בית השואבה ושרת עליו רוח הקודש ללמדך שאין רוח הקדש שורה אלא על לב שמח – תלמוד ירושלמי, סוכה ה:א The Talmud states that Yonah’s prophecy was inspired by the joy of Simchas Beis Hasho’eva that he witnessed as anoleh regel. What is the significance of the fact that Yonah was an oleh regel, […]

October 17, 2019 at 2:37 AM 0 comments

Celebrating the Torah Sheba’al Peh (Oral Torah)

Celebrating the Torah Sheba’al Peh (Oral Torah)

“….He who has not witnessed the rejoicing at the water drawing, has witnessed NO real rejoicing in his entire life……” (Mishna, Sukkah 5:1) ״אמרו, כל מי שלא ראה שמחת בית השואבה, לא ראה שמחה מימיו. – משנה, סוכה ה,א The Talmud (Sukkah 48b) quotes the prophetic words of Yeshayahu (12:3),  ושאבתם מים בששון ממעיני הישועה – And you will draw water […]

October 16, 2019 at 10:12 PM 1 comment

The Sukkah Man

The Sukkah Man

“…The festival of Sukkot you shall make for yourself for seven days…” – Devarim 16:13 חַג הַסֻּכֹּת תַּעֲשֶׂה לְךָ שִׁבְעַת יָמִים – דברים טז, יג Several unique mitzvot are associated with the holiday of Sukkot, yet among them, the Torah calls the holiday Sukkot, naming it specifically for the obligation to dwell in a Sukkah for the duration of these seven days. This […]

October 16, 2019 at 11:20 AM 0 comments

Your Sukkah, Your Life

Your Sukkah, Your Life

“….You shall make yourself the festival of Sukkot for seven days…..” – Devarim 16:13 ״…..חג סוכות תעשה לך שבעת ימים….״ – דברים טז,יג Several unique mitzvos are observed during the holiday of Sukkos. Yet, the holiday is called Sukkos, named specifically for the obligation to dwell in a Sukkah during these seven days, and not for any other of this […]

October 15, 2019 at 6:52 AM 0 comments

It’s Only Temporary

It’s Only Temporary

“…..In Sukkahs you shall dwell for seven days…..”- Vayikra 23:42 The Torah commands, “For all seven days, leave your permanent dwelling and dwell in a temporary dwelling” – Talmud: Sukkah 2A ״…..בסוכות תשבו שבעת ימים, אמרה תורה כל שבעת הימים צא מדירת קבע ושב בדירת עראי” – מסכת סוכה ב,ב In a certain sense, the mitzvah of Sukkah has the distinction […]

October 12, 2019 at 3:14 PM 0 comments

Keep Your Distance

Keep Your Distance

“… This is the rule: Anything that is susceptible to Tum’ah, ritual impurity, or does not grow from the ground, may not be used for S’chach. But whatever is not susceptible to Tum’ah and grows from the grown may be used as Schach…” (Mishna, Sukkah 1:4) ״….זה הכלל, כל שהוא מקבל טומאה ואין גדולו מן הארץ, אין מסככין בו. וכל […]

October 6, 2019 at 1:39 AM 4 comments

Kabbalah explains how to prepare for Shavuot to receive the Torah again

Kabbalah explains how to prepare for Shavuot to receive the Torah again

Duration of class: 1:11:39   [powerpress]        

June 1, 2019 at 7:51 PM 0 comments

Why do we read Megilat Ruth on Shavuot?

Why do we read Megilat Ruth on Shavuot?

Duration of class: 26:55   [powerpress]        

June 1, 2019 at 2:50 AM 0 comments

Pesach – How to achieve real freedom?

Pesach – How to achieve real freedom?

Duration of class:1:15:52       [powerpress]        

April 13, 2019 at 4:56 PM 0 comments

The Unlucky Child

The Unlucky Child

“…The Torah speaks of four children: One is wise, one is wicked, one is simple and one does not know how to ask…” – The Haggadah כְּנֶגֶד אַרְבָּעָה בָנִים דִּבְּרָה תוֹרָה: אֶחָד חָכָם. וְאֶחָד רָשָׁע. וְאֶחָד תָּם. וְאֶחָד שֶׁאֵינוֹ יוֹדֵעַ לִשְׁאוֹל – הגדה של פסח In four places, the Torah instructs us to relate the story and mitzvos of Pesach […]

April 13, 2019 at 2:39 AM 0 comments

Pesach – Will we go out of exile this year?

Pesach – Will we go out of exile this year?

A powerful class how to prepare to Pesach to make sure this is the last one in Exile   Duration of class: 1:06:13       [powerpress]        

April 13, 2019 at 1:46 AM 0 comments

Why is the Wicked Son at the Seder?

Why is the Wicked Son at the Seder?

“…The wicked one, what does he say? “What is this worship to you?” …Say to him: “It is for this that G-d did for me when I left Egypt;” i.e., ‘for me,’ but not for him. If he had been there, he would not have been redeemed…” (The Haggadah) רָשָׁע מָה הוּא אוֹמֵר? מָה הָעֲבוֹדָה הַזּאֹת לָכֶם..וֶאֱמוֹר לוֹ בַּעֲבוּר זֶה […]

April 12, 2019 at 2:15 AM 0 comments

Pesach – The hidden secret of Pesach that will change your life

Pesach – The hidden secret of Pesach that will change your life

Duration of class: 1:28:58       [powerpress]        

April 11, 2019 at 8:41 AM 0 comments

The Holiday of Faith

The Holiday of Faith

“…In every generation, a person is obligated to regard himself as if he had come out of Egypt…” – The Haggadah בְּכָל דּוֹר וָדוֹר חַיָּב אָדָם לִרְאוֹת אֶת עַצְמוֹ כְּאִלּוּ הוּא יָצָא מִמִּצְרָיִם – הגדה של פסח One of the most remarkable aspects of Bnei Yisrael’s exodus from Egypt is the simple trust that they had in Moshe and in […]

April 11, 2019 at 3:20 AM 0 comments

The Miracle of Freedom

The Miracle of Freedom

“…Who redeemed us and redeemed our ancestors from Egypt…” (The Haggadah) אֲשֶׁר גְּאָלָנוּ וְגָאַל אֶת אֲבוֹתֵינוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם – הגדה של פסח The Torah instructs us to relate to our children in every generation that, “G-d acted on my behalf when I went out of Egypt” (Shemos 13:8). This indicates that our freedom today is not only the result of G-d’s redemption of our ancestors; […]

April 10, 2019 at 2:54 AM 0 comments

The real meaning behind cleaning your ‘Chametz

The real meaning behind cleaning your ‘Chametz

Every year we all go crazy to clean our Chametz out of our house, but what is really the meaning behind it and why do I need to make sure I get rid of all my Chametz? Duration of class: 1:57:03       [powerpress]        

April 9, 2019 at 2:12 AM 0 comments

Purim – Am I where I am supposed to be?

Purim – Am I where I am supposed to be?

We all go through many changes in our life. Once we’re up and once we’re down and more than that, we often find ourselves wondering if we’re where we are suppose to be or maybe I should move somewhere else, learn something else, have a different job and many more questions of this kind. Duration of class:1:17:38       […]

February 20, 2019 at 2:54 AM 0 comments

Achashveirosh’s excessive partying

Achashveirosh’s excessive partying

“….White, green and blue fabrics, embroidered with cords of linen and purple wool, were draped on silver rods and marble pillars. There were couches of gold and silver on a pavement of green, white, shell, and onyx marble…” – Esther 1:6 חוּר כַּרְפַּס וּתְכֵלֶת אָחוּז בְּחַבְלֵי בוּץ וְאַרְגָּמָן עַל גְּלִילֵי כֶסֶף וְעַמּוּדֵי שֵׁשׁ מִטּוֹת זָהָב וָכֶסֶף עַל רִצְפַת בַּהַט וָשֵׁשׁ […]

February 19, 2019 at 6:04 PM Comments are Disabled

The mystical teachings of Purim

The mystical teachings of Purim

The holiday of Purim teaches us amazing secrets about our service to G-d.   Duration of class: 1:18:46       [powerpress]        

February 18, 2019 at 3:20 PM 0 comments