Sukkot: Should We Really Be Rejoicing?

Tonight begins the week-long harvest festival of Sukkot. We also have come to call this the “time of our rejoicing,” z’man simchateinu. But with all that is going on in the world right now, is it really appropriate to be rejoicing? Should we celebrate the several devastating hurricanes that have ravaged the Caribbean islands and…

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Yom Kippur 5778

Are we perfect? Definitely not. We make mistakes, we choose poorly, and we may hurt others along the way. But perhaps our imperfection has significance in how we decide to deal with it. The theme of this holiest day of the Jewish calendar is atonement. We atone for mistakes made in the past year, express…

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Rosh Hashanah 5778

[Preface: I’m currently out in the Middle East for work and a long way from home. This is part of what inspired me to begin writing down my thoughts.] Without a round challah, shofar blast, or big group of family and friends with which to celebrate, what is left of Rosh Hashanah? How will I…

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