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The Secret of Sukkot

What is the significance of rain on the Festival of Sukkot? Rabbi Taub shares mystical insights regarding the Festival of Sukkot in a beautiful haggadic tale about a King and his cup of wine.

The Joy of Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah is the last day of the Festival of Sukkot. Why do we read from a Torah scroll on the night of Simchat Torah? What is the true joy of Simchat Torah? Rabbi Lauffer elaborates on the laws and customs of the Festival

Tenth of Tevet: The Beginning of the Siege

The Tenth of Tevet was ordained as a fast, because on that day Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylonia, came with his troops to besiege Jerusalem, and this siege was the beginning of the tragedy that ended with the destruction of the First Temple and the exile of Divine Presence (Shechina)

The Jewish Year - Part 4

Why was the Temple destroyed? Why do we mourn during the Three Weeks? Why do we eat the simanim on Rosh Hashanah? In this episode of 'The Jewish Year', Rabbi Lauffer elaborates on the essence of the months of Tammuz, Av and Elul