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A palpable electricity filled the air on Sunday evening, September 25th at the synagogue of the King David Center in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn as dozens of musmachim from around the globe gathered for the 8th Chag HaSmicha of the prestigious Kollel Ayshel Avraham. Unlike other rabbinical ordination ceremonies, the historic and truly unique nature of this Chag HaSmicha was truly tangible, as musmachim from Kollel Ayshel Avraham have committed themselves to serving in leadership roles in Klall Yisroel.
"Each of these musmachim will go on to serve their people in the chaplaincy; they will work in hospitals, prisons, and centers for troubled youth. They will also assume roles as pulpit rabbis in shuls, as rebbeim, as dayanim
"The Torah that Moshe commanded us is a heritage to the Congregation of Jacob"(33:4)
Simchas Torah is a day in which we celebrate the Torah. Why did Chazal see fit to designate a separate day for Simchas Torah? Would not Shavuos, the day we received the Torah, be a more appropriate time for this celebration?
The Talmud instructs a father that as soon as his child is able to speak, he should teach him. "Torah tzivah lanu Moshe morasha Kehilas Yaakov" - "The Torah that Moshe commanded us is a
Throughout the works of our Sages, we find that the holiday of Sukkos is referred to as "Zman Simchaseinu," "The time of our happiness." While it is true that the other of the Shalosh Regalim (Pilgrimage Festivals) are referred to by similar descriptions, the connection between their common names and the description is more readily apparent than by Sukkos. Pesach is called "Zman Chayrusainu," "The time of our freedom, as it celebrates our freedom from Egypt. Shavuos is called "Zman Mattan
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In 1867, Blood Libel charges triggered anti-Jewish riots in Romania. Blood libels became a common feature in Europe during the Middle Ages: if a Christian baby was found dead, Jews would be charged with having kidnapped the baby and draining its blood. Accusers claimed that blood was the chief ingredient in matzah, and thus prior to every Passover Jews required a large supply. Ironically, Jewish law prohibits the consuming of blood (kosher meat is carefully washed and
Guidelines for the joyous Jewish outdoor festival of Sukkot.
Following on the heels of the High Holidays is Sukkot, a seven-day festival (8 days in the Diaspora) characterized by the outdoor Sukkah-huts that we sit in, and the "Four Species" of plants waved together each day.
Sukkot is a holiday of immense joy, where we express our complete trust in God, and celebrate our confidence in having received a "good judgment" for the coming year.
Throughout the week of Sukkot, we eat, sleep and