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Aliya-by-Aliya Sukkot 5763
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch Torah Readings KOHELET is usually read on Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot. We don’t have one of those this year, so instead we read Kohelet on the first day of Yom Tov, which is Shabbat. (In Chutz LaAretz, Kohelet is read on Shabbat-Shmini Atzeret.) It […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Sukkot – Simchat Torah 5762
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the Mitzva-Count from Sefer HaChinuch. Torah Readings On the first day of Sukkot we read from Parshat Emor, Vayikra 23, the portion of the Festivals. We actually start the reading several p’sukim earlier with the mitzvot of not taking an animal from its mother to use it as a korban […]
Yom Kippur: Prepare Your Three Tools For Teshuvah
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What are you bringing to synagogue on Yom Kippur? Rabbi Dovid Cohen, who has gone from an advisor for Long Island NCSY to Rabbi at Young Israel of the Upper West Side in Manhattan, leads us on a journey into the Unetanneh Tokef prayer, specifically the line “וּתְשׁוּבָה וּתְפִלָּה וּצְדָקָה מַעֲבִירִין אֶת רעַ הַגְּזֵרָה”, that […]
The Leader’s Call to Responsibility
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When words take wing, they modulate into song. That is what they do here in Haazinu as Moses, with the angel of death already in sight, prepares to take leave of this life. Never before had he spoken with such passion. His language is vivid, even violent. He wants his final words never to be […]