Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s BLog – The Four Species – Sukkot 5776

Origin of the Species Sukkot features one of the most unusual and picturesque mitzvot, known as the arba minim, the four species. The Torah tells us: You shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of a beautiful tree, the branches of date palms, branches of the thick tree, and brook willows; and you shall rejoice before God, your God, for a seven-day period… During the morning service the synagogue is ...

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Believing In Ourselves

This week is Parshat Va’etchanan, but the Shabbat is actually known as "Shabbat Nachamu," which means the "Sabbath of Comfort." It is because we had previously three weeks of mourning for the destruction of the Temple, the exile, and all the subsequent tragedies due to that exile, culminating in the most intense mourning on the fast of Tisha B'av, which occurred this year on Sunday.  During the three weeks preceding the ...

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