Article Archive for September 2010
Among the unique rituals performed on the holiday of Sukkot were the additional offerings that were sacrificed in the ancient Temple. On the first day of the holiday, 13 young bulls were sacrificed, on the second day 12, on the third day 11, on the fourth day 10, on the fifth day 9, on the sixth day 8 and on the seventh day 7…
Rosh Hashana is known as the Day of Judgment (Yom Hadin), the day on which God judges the world. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the day on which God finalizes His verdict on the judgments of Rosh Hashana.
My matchmaker mom once told me that it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. I didn’t understand what this meant until a few years ago when someone broke my heart. After what seemed like months and months of crying, I finally understood this saying. I realized that it’s better to have been in love and have your heart broken than to be single and never have experienced a broken heart.
“…The prophets of the Jewish people ordained that the Hallel be recited on special occasions and celebrations [like Yom Tov], and at times of national deliverance from peril, in gratitude for their Redemption” (Pesachim 117a).
Every year I have a love affair with autumn. The crisp air, colorful leaves, moody broody sky and my favorite produce filling the markets give me an incredible sense of well being. I also love Sukkot. I like the whole premise of the holiday with harvests and gathering, but mostly I like the fact that this is a holiday that does not tell me what to eat, but rather only where to eat it.
Let’s face it. Writing an email to a complete stranger isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do. In fact, it can often be downright agonizing. We only get one shot at a first impression so we need to make it a good one. The following tips are the top three ways to avoid that all dreaded delete button.
This week is National Singles Week! Unbeknown to most, there is a specially designated week each year which celebrates singles as they embrace their independence and are recognized for their achievements and contributions to society.
During the festival of Sukkot, the sukkah is intended to be our second home. For example, since one would normally dine in the house, on Sukkot one dines in the sukkah. Because the sukkah is temporary, however, moving into the sukkah requires leaving behind some of our material comforts, settling for rather basic necessities, thus creating a more spiritual environment.
“…we now spend the money we each spent on JDate each month on the “JDate Bottle of Wine of the Month.” This past month’s was simply excellent. And I couldn’t be happier.”