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GETTING TOGETHER EVERY SEVEN YEARS

October 6th, 2016

Rabbi Dunner focuses on the mitzva of Hakhel. Every seven years, after the Shemitta (Sabbatical year) was over, on Sukkot (Tabernacles), the Jews would gather in Jerusalem to hear the Torah being read publicly by the king.

But why was this mitzva only practiced every seven years? And why was it done after Shemitta and not during Shemitta? Why did the reading take place on Sukkot, and not on Pesach, or Shavuot? What did the King read from the Torah, and in what language did he read it?

Rabbi Dunner answers these and other questions, introducing insights and an understanding of this dormant mitzva, and the fascinating reasons behind it.

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