• September 26, 2021
  • 20 5782, Tishri
  • פרשת בראשית

MythBusting: Holidays of Tishrei

MythBusting: Holidays of Tishrei
“I heard that…” “My bubbe says…” “Everybody knows…” But are they correct? Join Rabbi Uri Cohen in debunking urban legends, misunderstood texts, and unlikely stories about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.
August 26, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Holidays of Tishrei: MythBusting: Holidays of Tishrei — 1st Tishrei Class
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{Note before printing the sourcesheet: Page 9 is very colorful!}

Urban Legend:
“At Tashlich, you’re supposed to throw crumbs in the water!”

Street Torah:
“If you sleep during the day on Rosh HaShanah, you’ll have a sleepy year!”

Folk Gematria:
“The custom of not eating nuts on Rosh HaShanah is because ‘egoz’ (nut) in gematria is ‘chet’ (sin)!”

Don’t Know Much About History:
“Unetaneh Tokef was written by the martyr Rabbi Amnon of Mainz!”

Stranger Than Fiction:
Making up your own puns for food on Rosh HaShanah is a well-founded tradition.

September 2, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Holidays of Tishrei: MythBusting: Holidays of Tishrei — 2nd Tishrei Class
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Urban Legend:
“Rosh HaShanah commemorates the creation of the world!”

An Unlikely Story:
“One of Beethoven’s works sounds like Kol Nidrei because he fell in love with a Jew and studied synagogue music!”

Street Torah:
“A sukkah is invalid if you can’t see the stars through the s’khakh!”

Don’t Know Much About History:
“Ten great rabbis were martyred together by an evil Roman!”

Stranger Than Fiction:
A precursor to Ushpizot (a female version of the Ushpizin of Sukkot) can be found in a work of kabbalah from 400 years ago.

Rabbi Uri Cohen has been teaching at Midreshet Moriah since 2005. He learned at Yeshivat Shaalvim and Yeshivat Hamivtar, and received Semikhah from RIETS (YU) and Yeshivat Hamivtar. He also holds Masters degrees in Medieval Jewish History and Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. For two years, he was an ATID Fellow. Through Torah MiTzion, he and his wife Dr. Yocheved Engelberg Cohen served as the first members of the Syracuse Kollel, and later as the first couple of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at Princeton University. They now live in Ramat Beit Shemesh. His eclectic lecture topics have included Talmudic Misogyny in Context, Harry Potter and the Value of Fantasy, Contemporary Orthodox Responses to Homosexuality, and How Not to Do Outreach.