Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Elul 8, 5774
In Israel, even secular Israelis build a sukkah - those makeshift shacks decorated with fruits. Balconies are full of them. But for many American Jews today, Sukkot is an obscure holiday that is celebrated in the synagogue at best. In ancient times, however, when the Temple was still standing in Jerusalem, Sukkot was probably the most popular Jewish holiday -...
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Torah Portion
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Rabbi Lisa Malik
SUKKOT, Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 29:23-31 Ba-yom ha-shemini atzeret tihyeh lachem - "On the eighth day, you shall have an atzeret." The word atzeret is derived from the Hebrew verb that means "to restrain," "to be confined," "to hold back." It may refer to an occasion in which people are assembled or confined in one place. It may also mean that...
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Talk about starting the New Year off with a blast! Attempting to gain entry into Guinness World Records for the largest amount of people in a shofar ensemble, Shaare Shamayim-Beth Judah-Beth Tefilath Israel-Rodeph Zedek Hebrew-school students and faculty hosted its first "Great Shofar Blow-Out" just days before Rosh Hashanah. According to Jacques Lurie, executive and educational director at the Traditional...
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At some point every day, we find ourselves looking into a mirror. We might turn to examine our profile. We might move in closer to scrutinize our features more closely. Or we might just have a quick look, as if to reassure ourselves that yes, there we are, and everything is okay. But what if we could use that same...
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A central legend during the observance of Yom Kippur is that of the Book of Life. According to the legend, God judges us during the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, called the "Days of Awe." Those who truly repent and atone for their sins get to have their names written down in the Book of Life for...
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