What is Mimouna? Since at least as far back as the mid-18th century CE, the Jews of the North African diaspora have had a tradition of holding a special feast the day after the end of Unleavened Bread to celebrate freedom and a return to eating leavened foods. Though a recent tradition, some ancient traditions are incorporated.
The food definitions of Torah are not presented in tandem with any explanations, i.e. why certain animals are not food for followers of Hashem. While it should be enough to simply obey "because G-d said so," many of our Sages have offered insight into why these definitions are as they are.
The purpose for and practice of the sacrificial system has been explained in a number of ways. The Yemenite insight on this is explored herein using both Rambam and 14th-century sources central to Nusach Teiman.
The concept of "the one whole Torah of Moshe Rabbeinu" including both the Written and the Oral is central to rabbinic Judaism, but has often come under fire as not being legitimate and/or binding - whether by the Sadduceeic sect of late antiquity or by modern critics (including neo-Karaite, Islamic, and Christian voices). The etiology and legitimacy is herein examined through insights from the Sages.
The 13 Attributes of Mercy is the heart of Hashem's response to the Golden Calf debacle. It is alluded to many times in the Tanakh and is central to the selichot prayers which we recite on the fast days of the Jewish calendar.
Zayin Adar, or Shevat Adar, is the generally-accepted date for the birth and death of Moshe Rabbeinu. Traditionally marked by fasting and special additional prayers, this is more a day to celebrate Moshe's life than to mourn his passing.
Sage Insights with regard to the garments prescribed for the Levitical priesthood in this week's parashah, as well as some orthographical observations respecting the sofrut practices associated with the parashah.
Parashat Mishpatim presents a number of legal statutes, including those which require capital punishment. Herein we focus on those, including discussion of both the scribal layout of the passage and the Sage insights into its exegesis.
Nestled in the center of Parashat B'shalach, we encounter the song sung by the Israelites upon their deliverance from Egyptian captivity. The Song of the Sea is the first specially-formatted song of the Torah. Herein, we examine the structure, the layout, and the meaning "block by block."
Given the centrality of the free will concept to Judaism, the question arises in light of the English translations of Shemot (Exodus) re: how Hashem could "harden Pharaoh's heart" without violating his free will. This study addresses that question.