Chag Sukkot Sameach!

Just a little thought to share on the eve of Sukkot. This holiday is also known as “Z’man Simchateinu”, “the Time of our Rejoicing”. It developed out of the ancient harvest festivals, and came to symbolize all that is right with the world. This is when we acknowledge the blessings of Hashem, and the abundance of provision that he gives […]

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Pesach and the Mishkan

So far in our review of the annual Torah reading cycle, “Campfire Torah” has taken us back to “In the Beginning”, brought us through the choosing of the Patriarchs, past miracles and plagues, seen the receiving of the Sinai Covenant, and ended with the construction of the Mishkan, which has culminated in the visible manifestation of Adonai in the midst […]

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Before the Seder

Before we ever get to the first night of Pesach, and the retelling of the Exodus story, we must do our best to rid our homes of leaven (another word for “leaven” is “yeast”). It has been said that the custom of “Spring cleaning” has its origins in the tradition of removing leaven from our homes for Pesach/Passover.

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Remember…

Celebrate with the Shofar

Yom T’ruah has arrived! Blow the shofar long and loud! But why? What is the significance of the shofar? Do we blow the shofar like some plastic horn on January first? Are we partying hardy at the outset of the Jewish New Year? We serve apples and honey—symbols of blessing and goodness—expressing our wish for a joyous year to come. […]

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Pesach Kasher v’Sameach!

Wishing all our friends a joyous Passover celebration! This time of year makes for some of the best memories for anyone who celebrates Passover. The sights, the sounds, the tastes, the smells. Oh, what a wonderful time of year! But this is not just a time to stuff ourselves and have a good time. The “appointed times” (mo’edim) given by […]

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