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ELUL – The Sixth Hebrew Month

ELUL – The Sixth Hebrew Month BLESSING OF THE NEW MONTH – BIRKAT HA’CHODESH May it be Your will, O LORD, our God and the God of our forefathers, that You inaugurate this month of Elul upon us for goodness

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Simchat Torah – Joy of Torah

A JOYOUS NEW BEGINNING The conclusion of the annual Torah reading cycle at this time and the immediate beginning of the cycle for the next year is the central reason and focus of the holiday of Simchat Torah. An old gate

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Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – Part 1

SUKKOT – SEASON OF OUR JOY – A HARVEST FEAST ~ Keren Hannah  As we approach the week-long festival of Sukkot [soo-koht], we are aware that the seasons are changing. Summer is slowly but surely giving way to the cooler nights

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Sukkot – Part 2 – The Four Species

THE FOUR SPECIES After the sukkah, the most visible elements associated with the celebration of the festival of Sukkot are the Arba Minim, the Four Species. While the sukkah is a reminder of the temporary nature of our journey and

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YOM KIPPUR – Day of Atonement

It…shall be a Shabbat [a holy, set apart day] of complete rest for you, and you shall practice self-denial; it is a law for all time. (Leviticus 16:29) Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Jewish theologian and well-loved author, in a descriptive comparison

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Rosh Hashanah – Feast of Trumpets

HEAR THE JOYFUL SOUND! On the first day of the seventh month (Tishrei) you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations. It is a day for you to blow the trumpet sounds (Yom Teruah), and

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