“…on the tenth of the month, you shall afflict your souls and do no work at all…for on that day God will forgive you and cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before God” (Leviticus 16:29-30).How does one “afflict one’s soul”? The o…

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Ushpeezin (Oo’shpee’zin)
Ushpeezin (Oo’shpee’zin)

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.

Picking A Profile Pic? Ditch The Extreme Close-up! Picking A Profile Pic? Ditch The Extreme Close-up!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture zoomed in too close to your face is worth a thousand missed opportunities. According to researchers at Cal Tech, online daters are actually less likely to want to contact other daters who have a profile picture taken too close to their face (in other words, one of those obviously self-taken portraits where the user poses cutely and snaps a photo courtesy of their smartphone).

The Four Species
The Four Species

The waving of the four species is one of the most beautiful and symbolic mitzvot of the year.

Build Your Own Sukkah (Tabernacle)
Build Your Own Sukkah (Tabernacle)

Webster’s Dictionary defines a tabernacle as a temporary dwelling, which is why the Jewish holiday of Sukkot is known as the Feast of the Tabernacles. A sukkah, however, is a lot more specific than simply a temporary dwelling–which is often taken to mean something like a tent or a recreational vehicle.

3 Critical Online Dating Mistakes 3 Critical Online Dating Mistakes

Online dating has its own set of rules! However, if you’re looking to take your online love offline, don’t make these three critical mistakes.

Marne and Josh: “Our rabbi told us more than 75 percent of the weddings he performs are products of JDate.”
Marne and Josh: “Our rabbi told us more than 75 percent of the weddings he performs are products of JDate.”

Our rabbi told us more than 75 percent of the weddings he performs (both in that temple and elsewhere) are products of JDate.

But Wait…There’s More
But Wait…There’s More

Now that the Jewish people have repented on Yom Kippur and, hopefully, received Divine forgiveness, it is time to sit back and relax…

Rejoicing For The World
Rejoicing For The World

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. In total, 70 bulls were offered. Sukkot is the only holiday on which the number of the sacrifices varies from day to day.

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