OPINION & COMMENT
If the cultural leadership of the Western World in New York and Hollywood were to organize a Time of Happiness, it would probably take the form of many huge gatherings at which there would be freely available vast quantities of food, intoxicating beverages, public performances of all forms of modern music and entertainment -- and, certainly not least, a relaxing of whatever restraint is left in modern society.
Sefer Zechuyos -- and Zeman Simchoseinu
A Middos Workshop: Bitochon--A Sukkos Lesson
As we sit in our shaky, temporary structures which took no more than several hours to build, we sip at our soup and listen to the sounds of the outdoors. Crickets chirp, leaves rustle, and bees buzz. Despite the rustic circumstances, we feel a tremendous sense of joy. Indeed, Succos is called zman simchoseinu, the time of our joy. What is it about this favorite holiday that taps into our happiness?
Choosing a Kosher Esrog
Two litigants stand before a judge to hear the verdict in their longstanding legal battle. After months of deliberation, the judge pronounces his final ruling. How should we publicize who won the case? The medrash says that the triumphant side is presented with a "boyan," a special seal that identifies the victor.
What is a Succah For?
The Succa: View Platform on the World Outside and the
One of the parables of the Be'er Mayim Chaim is a story of a king who wanted to throw his inner chamber open to the public and personally receive those who came. At the same time, he didn't want riffraff or people who weren't serious. So he set up the route to his chamber through a series of outer chambers.
The Succah Still Stands
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