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Revelation, Tradition, and the Esrog Tree: Meditations on the Mesorah

Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff

The Yom Tov of Succos provides an opportunity to perform many varied and colorful mitzvos. Many of the specifics of these mitzvos are derived from various sources that are not explicit in the Torah. In order to understand the roots of many of our observances on Succos, as well as many other areas in the Torah, let us take a closer look at the entire system of mesorah and the sources of halachah as we know them today.

 

Prophecy for the Generations: A Look at an Analytical Approach to Navi

Dovid Sussman

Many of us tend to think of the stories that appear in the Neviim Rishonim as just that — stories. But a prominent rosh yeshivah who has studied, analyzed, and written and spoken about Navi for decades reveals in an interview that there is a way to see past the simple narrative on the surface and uncover the treasures within.

 

Shielded from Sin: Heavenly Aid for the Righteous

Yoram Bogacz

In Tanach and the Gemara, we find that tzaddikim are granted special Divine protection from transgressing halachah. Under what circumstances does this concept apply?

 

Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzatto

Rabbi Yosef West

The life of Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ztz”l was brief and turbulent, but filled with monumental accomplishment. Despite the opposition he faced during his lifetime, today his Mesilas Yesharim is a foundational sefer for Jews everywhere.



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