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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

Too many holidays.  Too much rain.  Too much wind.  So tired… But our sukkah is still standing.  All we have to do is move it back over about 4 feet, put the s’chach (we use a bamboo mat) back in … Continue reading

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Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-52), Sukkot (Lev. 22:26 – 23:44; Numbers 29:12-16)

I’m zonked.  Comments are from 2016.  The current plan is for us to put up the sukkah tomorrow (Friday) and decorate Sunday.  All goes well, I’ll post pictures during the holiday.  One other note: The first day of Sukkot this … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest, most solemn day of the Jewish calendar. On it, our fates for the coming year are metaphorically sealed; actually, there’s a grace period through the 7th day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah. Yom Kippur is clearly described … Continue reading

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Vayeilekh (Deut. 31:1-30), Shabbat Shuvah

Since Yom Kippur is fast approaching (ha ha), there are some tips on fasting at  http://www.jewfaq.org/fasttips.htmtohelp that you might find helpful.  What I find helpful are weaning off caffeine starting a few days before, drinking a lot of water beforehand, … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah 5780

One of my earliest non-work electronic pastimes was sharing jokes by email.  20 years ago, I sent some Rosh Hashanah jokes to a bunch of friends.  Then came Yom Kippur humor.  After Simchat Torah, I sent out some jokes related … Continue reading

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Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20)

5779 is almost over.  The annual Torah reading will end and begin again a couple weeks after that.  Parashat Nitzavim is a pithy 40 verses, in which Moses summarizes what the Israelites must do: Choose life.  (30:19-20): “19 I call heaven … Continue reading

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Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)

I am in a good mood.  It was such a lovely day today and likely will be tomorrow as well.  And before class, I had a scoop of delicious ice cream (French Vanilla flavored ice cream with bittersweet chocolate chunks … Continue reading

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