Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Days, and The Ten Branched Menorah

My weekly parashah lectures and halachah column for this past פרשת צו discussed the establishment of days of thanksgiving, as well as other rituals of thanksgiving. One fascinating practice that I discussed in the lectures is the custom of some Syrian Jews, of Sephardic extraction, to kindle an extra light on each night of חנוכה. […]

Blessing the Fashioner Of Man In the House Of the Fashioner Of Man

I recently read several responsa on the bitterly controversial nineteenth century question of holding weddings in synagogues, including one that is probably the most famous treatment of the subject, by Hasam Sofer, and another rather less well know pair, by Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch. Much of their technical analysis revolves around the descriptions of traditional […]