Monthly Archives: October 2011

Noah (Genesis 6:9-11:32), Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Num. 28:9-15)

        Today and tomorrow is Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) Cheshvan, also called Marcheshvan, “mar” meaning bitter, because we have no holidays to celebrate.  Nowadays, of course, instead of “bitter Cheshvan” I think “peaceful” or “restful” Cheshvan is more appropriate.  No, … Continue reading

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V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12), Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, Bereishit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

        Today is Hoshanah Rabbah (literally “great salvation”).  Although we make a big deal about the Book of Life being sealed on Yom Kippur, you actually have a grace period until Hashanah Rabbah before it’s REALLY sealed. The Torah reading … Continue reading

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Sukkot

Sukkot starts Wednesday night. In Deut. 16:15, we told “v’hayita ach sameach,” “you will be altogether happy”  on Sukkot, and it is one holiday that become more fun over my lifetime. More people have a home sukkah and a lulav … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur (Lev. 16:1-34; Num. 29:7-11; Lev. 18)

        I’m usually thinking of something philosophically BIG to write about here as Yom Kippur approaches, like self-denial (2008), sin (2009), and Santa Claus (2010).  This year, I am so caught up in “small” things (how am I going to … Continue reading

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