Category Archives: Holidays

On the Precipice of Beauty: Parshat Miketz and Chanukah

I have long marveled at a phrase tucked away in Parshat Miketz, the official sponsor of Shabbat Chanukah. ┬áThe phrase appears at a critical juncture, with Viceroy Yosef finally meeting his one and only brother Binyamin, the second son of … Continue reading

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Audio and Sources – Shemini Atzeret – Hashkafa and Halacha

Below is audio (MP3) and sources (PDF) for a Shiur I gave at the high school today on Shemini Atzeret. The first half is a Hashkafic (Philosophical) perspective on what Shemini Atzeret is really all about; the second, more Halachic … Continue reading

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Audio and Sources – Erev Yom Kippur – Halacha and Hashkafa

Below is audio (MP3) and text (PDF) for a Shiur on Halachot of Erev Yom Kippur. The Shiur ends with a new Hashkafic perspective related to Rambam’s statement that one should say Viduy before his last meal lest he choke … Continue reading

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Audio and Sources – Rosh Hashana – Halacha

Here is audio for a Shiur given at school on Halachot of Rosh Hashana and Erev Rosh Hashana. Also attached – a PDF of the sources so you can follow along with the audio Shiur. Enjoy! Audio – Halachot of … Continue reading

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Audio and Sources – Erev Pesach – Halacha

Here is the link for an audio file of a Shiur I gave yesterday on basic Halachot of Erev Pesach – the Month of Nissan, Bedikat Chometz, Bitul Chometz, Biur Chometz, and Mechirat Chometz. To follow along with the Mareh … Continue reading

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Light One More for Menashe: Answer #101 for Beit Yosef

I was thinking last week about the famous question of the Beit Yosef, the one that always seems to resurface at this time of year. I was thinking about it because it’s Chanukah, and also because my wife’s cousin, who … Continue reading

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