Succos – The Time Of Our Joy

All the festivals in the Jewish calendar are joyous occasions.  However, only one is actually described as ‘the time of our joy’ – Sukkos.  Why is Sukkos associated with happiness more than any other time of year?  To answer this question we must first understand why we celebrate Sukkos at all.  In fact

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Sukkos – Booths for War

The Sukkah, explains the Tur[1] is to remind us of the clouds of glory, the annanei hakavod that enveloped the Jewish people during their time wandering in the wilderness.  R. Yoel Sirkes, usually known as the Bach[2] writes that this piece of information actually has  halachik ramifications.  When the

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Shemeni Atzeres and Simchas Torah

The chagim of Tishrei culminate with Shemini Atseres. Chazal[1] enacted that we also celebrate Simchas Torah on this day by completing the annual cycle of reading the Torah. The commentaries ask why Chazal chose to coincide the completion of the Torah with Shemini Atseres in particular, as opposed

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Succos and Yaakov Avinu

The Tur tells us that each of the shalosh regalim corresponds to one of the three Avos:Pesach corresponds to Avraham Avinu, Shavuos to Yitzchak Avinu, and Sukkos to Yaakov Avinu. [1]His source of this idea is parashas Vayishlach, which tells us that after encountering Esav, Yaakov went to

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Succos

Author: Rabbi Max Weinman Succot, also known as the festival of booths, is most noted forthe makeshift huts people put up near their home; they eat, sleep, andspend as much time in them as possible.These booths symbolize the spiritual “clouds” that the Almightyenveloped the children of Israel

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The Most Beautiful Esrog

I wish to share with you a beautiful short story about the wonderful festival of Sukkot. The story was authored by S.Y. Agnon, the Israeli Nobel laureate who won the prize for literature a number of years ago, and whose likeness adorns the 50-shekel note in Israeli

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Succot

Yom Tov, holidays are not mere commerations of historical events. Rather they are times imbued with special potentials that we can hook into to grow and elevate ourselves spiritually. Example Pesach is zman charusanu (the time of freedom) Shavuous is zman matan torasanu (the time of “giving”

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Sukkot Letter

October 8, 1992 Dear Friend, The holiday of Sukkot is arriving! Sukkot, also known as the “Feast of Harvest” is a particularly joyous time for us. While the Days of Awe – Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur – were a time for meditation on G-d’s awesomeness and

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Succot

Author: Rabbi Pinchas Morse This is the last of the three major holidays (Pesach, Shavuos, Sukkos). Chazal tell us that Sukkos is “the time of our joy”. What do we do on Sukkos? We eat in the sukka (booth) and wave the lulav (palm branch). What do

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