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11 Tishrei 5767 - October 3, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Flimsy Shelter as a Prerequisite for Simchah

We live in an age that really believes that it lives in a diras keva. It is confident of its wealth and its might, and it believes that its knowledge and understanding give it mastery over the physical world.

The Supreme Joy of Restoration: Divrei Torah Delivered on Succos
by HaRav Yitzchok Hutner, zt'l

Introduction: Solemn Prayer and Excessive Rejoicing

See Pachad Yitzchok Rosh Hashonoh, maamar 10:1 and Pachad Yitzchok Succos, Introduction to Kuntras Bircas Ovos where the dual character of the Succos festival is noted.

How to Avoid Meat Scandals: The Horrible Illness of Complacency
by HaRav Moshe Goldstein

The shmuess was given before Rosh Hashonoh this year, but its lessons are worth applying at any time.

Every year we read parshas Nitzovim on the Shabbos before Rosh Hashonoh. Those that derive hints from the Torah say that this is a hint to a person's situation before Rosh Hashonoh. He must be standing (natziv): he needs to stop and contemplate, and make a spiritual accounting, each one according to his level.

Finding Hashem In Nature—Losing Hashem In Science
By R' Dovid Kornreich

There seems to be a contradiction in two different works of the Maharal of Prague. In his Chidushei Aggodos to Menochos 64b he discusses the statement, "Cursed is the one who teaches his son Greek wisdom."

The Foundations of the Torah Home: How to Establish a Stable and Successful Jewish Marriage
Based on the sichos of Morenu veRabbeinu HaGaon HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita

Part Three: Bitochon

Luxuries may abound, but menuchas hanefesh is in short supply. Chazal say, "Menuchoh, this is Torah" (Midrash Tanchuma, Parshas Vayechi 11). Only Torah can bring menuchoh to our lives, to our marriages and to the world. This happens because Torah enables us to trust in Hashem.

Succos in the Teshuvos of the Chasam Sofer
by Rav Yissochor Dov Rubin

An anthology from the teachings and doctrines of the rov of Klal Yisroel about matters concerning Yom Tov, the succah, the arba minim, Simchas Beis Hashoevo the last day of Yom Tov and more.

The Scent of Gan Eden: Choosing Kosher Hadassim
by Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis

Drying Up

The seventeenth of Tishrei, 5762: A posek renowned for his expertise in hilchos lulav was davening at a local shul on chol hamoed Succos. Before the holiday had begun, he had checked hundreds — if not thousands — of dalet minim, including many of those held by men standing around him at that moment.

Telolei Oros — Chag HaSuccos
On This Day of Succos, the Time of Our Rejoicing
A Special Collection of Commentaries on the Prayers of the Festival

by HaRav Yissochor Dov Rubin

"Atoh Vechartonu—You have chosen us from all the peoples, You have loved us, and found favor in us"

"Verotziso bonu" — The term rotzon, favor, connotes acceptance and appeasement. In Tanach, each time the term rotzon is used after anger, it signifies acceptance.

Chol HaMoed - Teshuvos about Succos
by HaRav Eliezer Dunner

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