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Personal Responsiblity
Personal Responsiblity

In the beginning, there was… taking responsibility for one’s own actions. This important lesson is found in…

Beating the Willows
Beating the Willows

During Sukkot, there is a mitzvah to wave the four species (lulav, hadassim, aravot and etrog – palm, myrtle, willow and citron) every day except…

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Tonight starts the holiday of Shemini Atzeret, literally the Gathering of the Eighth, a connected, yet independent…

Vanity of Vanities
Vanity of Vanities

Most people are unknowingly familiar with the beginning of the third chapter of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) because of…

The Great Hoshana (Hoshana Rabbah)
The Great Hoshana (Hoshana Rabbah)

Rosh Hashana is known as the Day of Judgment (Yom Hadin), the day on which God judges the world. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is…

Rejoicing For The World
Rejoicing For The World

Among the unique rituals performed on the holiday of Sukkot were the additional offerings that were sacrificed in…

More Than A Harvest Festival
More Than A Harvest Festival

Few people refer to Sukkot by the name Chag Ha’Asif, Feast of the Ingathering, but the Torah…

Water, Water Everywhere
Water, Water Everywhere

Sukkot is considered the holiday on which God determines the world’s water allotment for the…

The Sukkot Hoshanot Service
The Sukkot Hoshanot Service

Walk into a traditional synagogue in the middle of morning services during the week of Sukkot and you might have to take…

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