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Symbolism and Rationale of Sukkot 5781

Five days after the solemnity and intensity of Yom Kippur, Sukkot, the festival of joy and happiness, begins.  The Torah describes the festival as follows: On ...

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Teshuva and Tactical Mitzvot

A great rabbi once said that it is easier to memorize the entire Babylonian Talmud than to change one character trait.  Self-improvement is one of ...

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Hope and Optimism 5781

It is customary to add a Psalm to our prayers during the month preceding Rosh Hashanah.  The Psalm is Chapter 27 and is one of ...

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A Baal Teshuvah of Whom You Have Never Heard

It’s the season for repentance, so a few words about a Jew who returned to Judaism.  Sir Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine (1860 – 1930) worked ...

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Oil Change

I just returned from taking my car for an oil change and safety inspection.  We do not only regularly inspect our cars, but, as someone ...

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Shofaros of History

As the baal tokeah for Gateways on Rosh Hashanah I bought a new shofar two years ago.  It had caught my eye at the Judaica ...

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To Be or Not to Be?

We are just beginning the month of Ellul, the month of preparation for the Jewish New Year, Rosh HaShana and also for Yom Kippur, the ...

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Clean Hands and the Temple

During the Covid-19 pandemic I have been washing my hands every more than normal.  As an observant Jew even in normal times I am constantly ...

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Cause of the Destruction

We are at the end of the three week period of mourning for the destruction of both the first and second Temples and, in general, ...

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