Category Archives: Chaggim

Some Thoughts on Shemini Atzeret

It has been said that there are numerous ways of defining who or what Jews are. There are definitions based upon culture, religion, ethnicity, geological location and biblical history. One further definition is that Jews are people of the calendar … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Shabbat for Chol Ha’moed Sukkot

The Shabbat during Chol Ha’moed Sukkot has a special Torah reading, Exodus 33:12 – 34:26. In it we read of Moshe’s encounter with Hashem after the incident with the molten calf. Hashem affirms that He will continue to go with … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayelech and Shabbat Shuvah

We are in the midst of the Days of Awe, between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, when introspection is the order of the day and each of us is attempting to ensure that all is right between ourselves and Hashem … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashana – 5780

In the list of the mo’adim (festivals) that Hashem told Moshe to proclaim to Bnei Yisrael in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23, “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a Shabbat rest, a … Continue reading

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Chanukah – 5778

  The celebration of Chanukah has begun throughout the Jewish world. Last night Vered and I were entertained by a parade sponsored by the local Community Center that included bright lights, Chanukah songs and a multitude of children in tow … Continue reading

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