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Bereishit, Because Everything Needs a Good Origin Story
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Like any good story, the Torah begins with the origin of EVERYTHING: Bereishit. Just as with Spider-Man, “with great power comes great responsibility,” but when the people in this first chapter of the Torah are given the chance to take responsibility, they do not. They fail. In this season following Yom Kippur, Sam Zitin, associate […]
Sukkot: The Dual Festival
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The sedra of Emor outlines the festivals that give rhythm and structure to the Jewish year. Examining them carefully, however, we see that Sukkot is unusual, unique. One detail which had a significant influence on Jewish liturgy appears later on in the book of Deuteronomy: “Be joyful at your Feast . . . For seven days […]
Sukkot – A Universal Holiday?
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The Talmud relates that in the future, when the nations of the world will complain about the preferential status enjoyed by the Jews, God will explain that the Jews are the “Chosen People,” because they alone are the “choosing people,” so to speak; they alone accepted the burden of the commandments, and chose to follow […]
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 […]