Holiday Reflections: Simchat Torah

| October 8, 2009

The Holiday: Simchat Torah is a joyous holiday marking the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. At the conclusion of the seven-day Sukkot holiday, Jews around the world usher in another wonderful celebration:  the two-day festival of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.  In Israel, as Read More

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Holiday Reflections: Sukkot

| October 1, 2009

The Holiday: Sukkot is an agricultural and historical holiday that celebrates the autumn harvest and commemorates the Israelites’ 40 years spent wandering in the desert before entering the Promised Land. The last of the three biblical pilgrimage festivals (which also include Passover and Shavuot), Sukkot is a seven-day celebration that provides a marked contrast to Read More

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Holiday Reflections: Yom Kippur

| September 23, 2009

The Holiday: Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement. Taking place on the 10th of Tishrei (the seventh month) in the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year.  During Yom Kippur, we face God – and ourselves – as we are called to account for our sins during the Read More

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Holiday Reflections: Rosh Hashanah

| September 16, 2009

The Holiday: Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Known collectively as the High Holy Days or Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe), Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are the most solemn days of the Jewish year.  Rosh Hashanah (“head of the year” in Hebrew) commemorates the creation of the world.  On Read More

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