The Deep Meaning of Creation – 5777

Rabbi Yedidya Noiman Rosh Kollel Montreal   The Deep Meaning of Creation   The Gemara in Sanhedrin (97b) teaches us the special importance of the reception of the Torah (Matan Torah). ‘Tana DeVei Eliyahu: The world will exist 6000 years- two...

So Who Needs Gemara Anyway? – 5776

Emanuel Elstein Former Shaliach in Washington (2003-4) and Memphis (2010-12)   So Who Needs Gemara Anyway? We often see discussions in Halacha as technical, boring and tedious. The rabbis look at some verses and can’t agree how to interpret them, so we end up...

!None of us Actually Celebrated Shavu’ot

Ten years ago, a reform rabbi friend of mine, bemoaned to me that “Shavu’ot is the forgotten holiday of the Reform Movement”. He explained that: 1. It was only one day. 2. It usually came out in the middle of the week. 3. There is nothing tangible to “capture” people...

Shavu’ot in Eretz Yisrael

Even though the Torah does not explicitly establish the connection between Shavu’ot / Atzeret and Matan Torah, in our collective memory the two are inextricably intertwined, as the Anshei Knesset HaGedola affixed in the prayers of the festival of Matan Torah....

Chag HaShavuot: What Are We Commemorating?

The festival of Shavuot is an enigma relative to the other yamim tovim! Shavuot is lacking some of the essential features that appear in all of the other holidays. There are several questions that immediately become apparent: Why is the name of the festival not...

The Customs of Shavu’ot

Night-Learning One prevalent custom is that of staying up all night on the first night of Shavuot and learning Torah. The Rama (in Orach Chayim 494) explains that we do this because at the time the Torah was given, our forefathers slept throughout the night. Hashem...

Is There A Meaning To The Mitzvot?

On a daily basis we all go through an internal struggle. We all wonder which mitzvot are more important, adam l’makom(man to god) or adam l’chavero (man to his friend). Sometimes we might even stop and ask ourselves, if we had to improve on one aspect of our daily...