Sukkoth and the Bais HaMikdosh

Go to Word The Yom Tov of Sukkos is intimately tied to the idea of the Bais HaMikdosh. Both are where the Shechina rests in Klal Yisroel. As it says by the Mishkon[1], “And I will dwell in your midst.” The Sukkah is defined by the Name of HaShem[2]. In the Zohar it says that…

Parshas Hazinu – Going Up to Har Nevo

Download as Word Parshas Ha’Azinu ends with HaShem commanding Moshe to go up to Har Nevo, and prepare for his demise[1]. The Targum Yonason writes[2] that when HaShem tells Moshe to go up to Har Nevo, Moshe thinks that there will be another Matan Torah. He says to himself, let me go tell Klal Yisroel…

Yom Kippur – The Power of Neilah

Download as Word The culmination of Yom Kippur is the Tefilah of Neilah, the final closing of the gates. However there seems to be a fundamental difference between Neilah and all other Tefilos. All of the other Tefilos have their source in either the Avos and/or Korbanos. As the Gemarra in Berachos teaches[1], Shacharis, Mincha,…

Shabbos Teshuva

Download as Word This Shabbos is Shabbos Shuva, or as the Sfas Emes calls it – Shabbos Teshuva. The Sfas Emes has a special approach to what is the goal of this Shabbos, and I would like to present it here. The following is a presentation of the Sfas Emes on Shabbos Teshuva 5653. The…

Rosh HaShana – The Memory of the Shofar

Download as Word Rosh HaShanah is the day of the creation of man. This is according to the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer that the world was created in Tishrei[1]. And that is how we daven, “Today is the day of the birth of the world”. Therefore, every Rosh HaShana is a repeat of what took…