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Hakhel Essays

12 Hakhel Facts Every Jew Should Know
How much do you know about the historic ceremony?
Peace, Love and Hakhel: Uniting With the Other
Peace, love and harmony. Coexistence and community. These rosy ideals are easy to dream and sing about, but so much harder to achieve in everyday life.
What I Would Say If I Could Speak . . .
A Hakhel message from a rabbi with ALS
Blast Your Jewish Trumpet
The kohanim (priests) would station themselves in all the public areas of Jerusalem and blow golden trumpets.
Judaism and Capitalism
Judaism is about unity: the unity of the one G-d, the universe and the unity of all people created in the image of G-d. And yet, Judaism established a commonwealth, giving the ordinary man an irrevocable right to his own property.
Be a Part of It
Certainly, we can be well-informed about politics without ever joining in a rally. Yet when actually going out and joining physically with other people, something takes place that is unique...
The Wakeup Call
Analyzing the details of when, how, who and where the mitzvah was performed provides us with inspiring reflections that enable us to fulfill the mitzvah of Hakhel today.
When we forget G‑d, we view the world as a finite resource, a pie with a defined number of slices; every bit that you get comes out of my wallet.
The Year of Hakhel
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The Year of Hakhel
Every seven years – following the shemitah year – is a hakhel year; marked in Temple times by the king reading the Torah before all on Sukkot. Discover its significance and relevance today.
A Torah Walks into a Bar
Back then, a good time meant going to bars, trying new drinks, “playing the field”—all the things secular culture told me would make me happy but which just left me feeling alone and alienated.
The Last Two Mitzvahs
Why were we given the command to gather every seven years right when Moses was about to pass away?
“Gather the Nation” - The Commandment of Hakhel
Mitzvah Studies - Article 10
Since Hakhel—the septennial event requiring the entire Jewish nation to attend— has not occurred since Temple times, the exact particulars have become murky. In this article we will reconstruct the fine details as depicted in the vast canon of rabbinic literature.
How Is This Shavuot Different From Every Other?
Every Shavuot is special, but when Shavuot converges with Hakhel, it's like Shavuot on steroids.
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