Monday, September 15, 2014 Elul 20, 5774
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah You've spent seven days eating, drinking and perhaps sleeping in a walled, tent-like structure with a roof specifically designed to let in the rain and the sunlight. Over the course of the week, with the exception of Shabbat, you've gathered together a curious combination of palm branch, two willow twigs and three myrtle branches, and held it...
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By:
Louise Fiszer
BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP Small lit candles inserted into red apples that perched on top of handheld Israeli flags constitute fond memories for me of Simchat Torah. Along with other members the junior congregation, I danced joyously in synagogue, waving those flags to commemorate the gift of the Torah to the Jews. But whatever did happen to all those apples? I'm...
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Sukkot's out, Simchat Torah's in. Festive meals incorporate traditional fare, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. The Jewish Holidays Cookbook by Jill Colella Bloomfield offers these two recipes for the holiday of Simchat Torah. If you have the time and energy, make them with your kids. They're sure-fire hits! Pumpkin Soup (Dairy) Pumpkin soup is a terrific dish. Add...
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By:
Ethel Hofman
THE JEWISH KITCHEN Sukkot could be described as the Jewish Thanksgiving. Like the all-American holiday, this fall festival is a celebration of a bountiful harvest. You can buy sukkah-building kits for the backyard or balcony or, as we do, set up your own with 2x4's and trellises that may be stored and used each year. Today, sukkahs are comfortable, with...
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By:
Rivka Tal
Webster's New World College Dictionary defines the word kiddush as a "prayer recited over wine or bread on the eve of or on the day of the Sabbath or of a festival so as to set the day apart as holy." The Torah refers to two requirements concerning Shabbat and festivals -- to "keep it" and to "remember it" (...
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