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Sukkot Journal

Dedicated by Steven Weiner and Lisa Wise with prayers for Refuah Shelemah for all who require healing, comfort and peace –
those battling illnesses visibly and invisibly, publicly and privately.
May Hashem mercifully grant us strength, courage and compassion.

Real Booths or Clouds of Glory?
Harav Yaakov Medan

Harav Baruch Gigi
 Rav David Brofsky


The Holiday of Sukkot  
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l The Fallen Sukka of David
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l The Experience of Hakhel
HaRav Baruch Gigi “On Sukkot Judgment is Passed with Respect to Rain”
HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein The Haftara for Simchat Torah (1): From Moshe to Yehoshua
HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein The War of God and Magog: The Haftara of Shabbat Chol Ha-moed Sukkot
HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein The Haftara for Simchat Torah (2): "You Shall Meditate Therein Day and Night"
HaRav Yaakov Medan Reading Kohelet on Sukkot
HaRav Yaakov Medan The Inauguration of the Temple on Sukkot
Rav Amnon Bazak Pesach and Sukkot, the Mishkan and the Mikdash
Rav Amnon Bazak Sukkot and the Attribute of Justice
Rav Amnon Bazak The Nature of Shemini Atzeret
Rav Ezra Bick The Symbolism of Sukkot
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The “Festival of Sukkot” and the “Festival of the Ingathering"

Prof. Yoel Elitzur

Ka-Arava”: Sukkot and Zechariah's Prophecy of Redemption
Dr. Yonatan Feintuch From Inside to Outside: Yom Kippur and Sukkot
Rav David Nativ Educational Perspectives in the Study of Kohelet


The Meaning of Sukka and the Four Species  
HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein Nature or Miracle? The Haftara of the First Day of Sukkot
Rav Yair Kahn The Fruit and the Flower
Rav Yair Kahn "You Shall Make for Yourself the Festival of Sukkot"
Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Beauty of the Arava
Rav Yehuda Shaviv A Sukka of Peace
Rav Meir Shpiegelman The Symbolism of the Four Species
Rav Moshe Taragin House of Shekhina and Apocalyptic Shelter


Laws of the Four Species  
"Etrog Ha-Murkav" - The Grafted Etrog HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l
The Dual Mitzva of Lulav HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l
Shaking the Lulav During Hallel HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l
The Mitzva of Hadas: Myrtle or Leafy Branch? HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein
Lulav and Arava HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein
The Requirement of Waving the Lulav Rav Baruch Gigi
The Communal Dimension of the Mitzva of Lulav Rav Elyakim Krumbein
The Mitzva of Lulav Rav Shmuel Shimoni
The Nature of the Seven-Day Mitzva of Lulav Rav Moshe Taragin
The Hadar Clause for the Four Minim Rav Moshe Taragin


Laws of the Sukka  
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l Torah Study in the Sukka
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l Travelling and the Mitzva of Sukka
Rav David  Brofsky The Mitzva to Dwell in a Sukka: Contrasting the First Night and the Rest of the Festival
Rav David  Brofsky Sekhakh Pasul and Gaps in the Sekhakh
Rav David  Brofsky The Walls of the Sukka
Rav David  Brofsky The Dimensions of the Sukka
Rav David  Brofsky The Mitzva of Sukka
Rav Mordechai Friedman Discomfort as an Exemption from the Mitzva of Sukka, Part 1 The Source of "Ha-mitzta'er Patur Min Ha-sukka"​
Rav Mordechai Friedman Discomfort as an Exemption Part II, The Nature of the Exemption​
Rav Elyakim Krumbein Eating in the Sukka on Shemini Atzeret
Rav Shlomo Levi Sekhakh Placed Upon a Support (Ma'amid) that is Not Fit to Serve
Rav Shmuel Shimoni The Mitzva to Dwell in a Sukka
Rav Shmuel Shimoni The Obligation of Eating in a Sukka on the First Night of Sukkot
Rav Moshe Taragin Shade of a Sukka
Rav Moshe Taragin Must One Actually See the Sekhakh?
Rav Moshe Taragin The Relationship Between the Sekhakh and the Walls of a Sukka
Rav Moshe Taragin Ownership Requirements of a Sukka
Rav Moshe Taragin Rainfall on Sukkot
Rav Moshe Taragin The Mitzva of Building a Sukka


The Three Regalim  
The Moadim of Parashat Emor Rav Michael Berger
The Dual Nature of the Chagim Rav Menachem Leibtag
Hallel: Praise and Thanksgiving Rav Mosheh Lichtenstein
The Mitzva of Rejoicing on the Festivals Rav Chaim Navon
How and Why Should One Rejoice on the Festivals? Rav Chaim Navon
Ḥol HaMoed (Intermediate Days of Passover and Sukkot) Rav Binyamin Tabory
The Source and Reason for Hallel Rav Moshe Taragin


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