Simchat Torah – Why Be Happy? – 5675

Rejoicing of the Torah The last day of the festival of Succot is frequently called Simchat Torah, the day of the rejoicing of the Torah. On this day we conclude the annual reading of the Torah in the synagogue. Each week on Shabbat we read one portion of the Torah,...

The Right to Sit in a Sukkah… – 5765

Simon Jackson Legal Advisor to Torah Mitzion   In a precedent-setting decision, the Justices of the Canadian Supreme Court recently ruled that the building of a sukkah on a balcony was a fundamental right anchored in law, “for the potential annoyance caused by a...

Back to the Succah – 5765

Rav Gideon Weitzman Former Rosh Kollel Kansas City (1998-2000)   “You shall sit in succot for seven days, all citizens of Israel will sit in succot. In order that your generations shall know that I enabled the children of Israel to dwell in succot when I brought...

Removing Succah Decorations During Sukkot – 5764

Though a Succah needs only proper walls and a schach roof to enable one to fulfil the mitzvah of Succah, when possible the Succah should be decorated as well. (Mishna Berurah OC 638 section 11in the name of Elya Raba) Decorations used for the Succah may not be used...

Personal Reflections on Sukkot – 5764

Rabbi Emanuel Cohn Former Avrech in Montreal (2001-2003) Founder of “Torah MiCinema” – Teaching Film and Judaism   A couple of weeks ago I and my wife returned to Israel from a two-year Shlichut in Montreal. Our major Canadian souvenir, our...