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Sukkot: A Festival of Joy, Gladness and Redemption

The festival of Sukkot begins tonight, Wednesday, October 4th. Sukkot is one of the most joyous occasions on the Jewish calendar. It is deeply connected to the earlier High Holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, and is the culmination … Continue reading

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Veterans Day

My paternal grandfather (pictured at left with my grandmother) served during WWII in the South Pacific in the Army’s searchlight and radar units. My maternal grandfather served in the Army in the Pacific during the Korean War. My Dad also … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur: Life, Death and Proper Protocol

Tonight begins Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Traditionally, Leviticus 16, which deals with the proper protocol for the High Priest during the special Yom Kippur service, is read in the synagogue on the morning of … Continue reading

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Rosh HaShanah

HaShem spoke unto Moshe, saying: “Tell the people of Israel, ‘In the seventh month, the first day of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts of the … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day!

We wish you and your family a very happy 4th of July, and leave you with a couple of inspiring thoughts on this Independence Day. “Of all the disposition and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable … Continue reading

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Hanukkah: A Festival of Dedication

Tonight (Sunday, Dec. 6th) is the beginning of Hanukkah. The word Hanukkah means “dedication” in Hebrew, and recalls the triumphant events of the Maccabees and the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem following its desecration by the forces of Antiochus and the Syrian-Greeks in … Continue reading

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A Divine Encounter

  Shabbat Sukkot This Shabbat falls during the festival of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). As such, we drift away from the normal weekly Torah reading cycle and read passages specifically for the holiday. Tomorrow’s special readings (Exodus 33:12-34:26 and … Continue reading

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Preparation for the Promised Land

Parashat Ki Tavo This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, begins with the words, “When you have come to the land HaShem your G-d is giving you…” What follows is an entire parashah emphasizing the observance of the mitzvot. The question arises as to why … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av: A Reenactment of Tragedy, a Glimpse of Hope

Tisha B’Av Saturday night and Sunday is Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av). The day itself can be summed up in one word: Tragedy. On this day we remember many of the most tragic events in … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day: Giving Honor Where it’s Due

Today we recognizes moms … Mother’s Day is obviously a day set aside to recognize and honor those who gave birth to us, nourished us, guided us, loved us, wiped our noses, and rubbed our backs when we were sick … Continue reading

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