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Sukkot by Dani Shira Plung

Posted on 10/18/2019 by Guest Blogger in Holidays
Last Sukkot—which fell at the end of September, by the Gregorian calendar—I went home, to my childhood house, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where my parents still live. There are...

History, Memory, and Sukkot

Posted on 10/17/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
One of the central dialectics within Judaism is the interplay between history (what actually happened) and memory (what events are embedded into our national consciousness). It is clear that the historical...

Guess Who’s Building A Sukkah? A JVO Photoblog

Posted on 10/16/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
NOTE: Please don't be discouraged by the image formatting in this post. The content has the potential to completely change your paradigm about Sukkot.On erev Sukkot, the Jerusalem Post’s lead...

Justin Trudeau did T'Shuvah

Posted on 10/06/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
In a few day’s time millions of Jews will gather in synagogues across the globe praying for forgiveness. We have sinned throughout the year. Sinned against God. Sinned against our fellow humans. And...

Jewish Training Wheels

Posted on 10/06/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
On Rosh Hashana, at one of our meals, an interesting question was posed. Why do we have so many holidays bunched together: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot? Would it not be more effective to have them...

Praying to Avoid Embarrassment

Posted on 10/02/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Holidays
Praying to Avoid Embarrassment In the prayer that is offered by the congregation between Shacharit and Musaf, on the Shabbat prior to the advent of a new Jewish month, commonly known as “Birchat...

The Question

Posted on 09/26/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
The Value of the Question The Torah reading for the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah is the powerful account of the Akeidat Yitzchak [the Binding of Isaac] (Bereishit 22:1-19). We are told how God commanded our...

Are You Using the Right Card

Posted on 09/22/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
In order to enter the offices of my health care provider I have to use a magnetic card to open the door. Last time that I went to open the door, it didn’t work. I tried again making sure that the...

I, CAIN

Posted on 09/19/2019 by Rabbi Dan Ornstein in Holidays
The World’s First Murderer Talks About Killing His Brother, Abel. You read the Bible story of how I murdered my brother. Have you righteously concluded that I am an irredeemable criminal? Dear reader,...

With God In The Elevator

Posted on 09/08/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Many years ago, I was living in suburban Baltimore with my family. An old friend had made aliyah about five years before. She and her husband were looking for a new apartment and had found something they...
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