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

Did you know there’s a place on earth where it hasn’t rained for nearly 2 million years? It’s the Dry Valleys in Antarctica.  I’m really tired of rain, and I’m not even talking about Hurricane Florence, just this rainrainrain-teasingbitofsun-rainrain.  The … Continue reading

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

The holiday season is actually drawing to a close, but there are still a couple of special days to get through. The seventh and last day of Sukkot is known as Hoshana Rabbah (“Great Hoshana/Supplication”). It’s your last opportunity to … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12)

Even a retiree can be over-scheduled.  Thus, this week, I will give you an update on the Sukkah saga, comments from 2012 and 2014, and newly dug up humor, etc. items. Sukkah Saga update:  We are still using the metal … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, V’zot HaBracha (Deut. 33:1-34:12)

We’re heading down the home stretch, both of the holiday season and of the annual Torah reading.  We have four, count ‘em, four, (except three for Reform) consecutive special days.  On Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, the first Torah reading is … Continue reading

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

Today is Hoshana Rabbah, the 7th day of Sukkot, the very end of the penitential season (according to the Zohar, the decree sealed on Yom Kippur isn’t delivered until Hoshana Rabbah).  Unlike last year, I didn’t make it to synagogue … Continue reading

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

Jon Stewart noted once on The Daily Show, “It’s Sukkot, which is the Hebrew word meaning, ‘how many holidays can Jews fit into one month?’” (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-15-2008/intro—another-jewish-holiday ), a sentiment with which I am in total sympathy.  My stress level is much … Continue reading

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