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The Sukkot Hoshanot Services
The Sukkot Hoshanot Services

Walk into a traditional synagogue in the middle of morning services during the week of Sukkot and you might have to take precaution…

Vanity of Vanities
Vanity of Vanities

Most people are unknowingly familiar with the beginning of the third chapter of…

The Four Species
The Four Species

The waving of the four species is one of the most beautiful and symbolic…

Holiday Decorating
Holiday Decorating

During the holiday of Sukkot, Jews live in sukkot (temporary dwellings with a roof of branches or wooden boards) for…

Build Your Own Sukkah
Build Your Own Sukkah

Webster’s Dictionary defines a tabernacle as a temporary…

All Vows
All Vows

Yom Kippur begins this evening before sunset with the recitation of…

Neilah: The Final Service
Neilah: The Final Service

While one may make requests of God or atone for transgressions at any time of the year, the first ten days of Tishrei (from Rosh Hashana through Yom Kippur) are considered…

The Food of Yom Kippur
The Food of Yom Kippur

Food on Yom Kippur? Isn’t Yom Kippur the most famous fast day on the Jewish calendar?

For The Sin We Committed
For The Sin We Committed

One of the main steps in the process of teshuva (repentance) is confessing one’s sins and verbalizing one’s errors. In so doing, a person admits committing a sin, not so much to anyone who happens to hear, but, more importantly, to one’…

The Five Prohibitions of Yom Kippur
The Five Prohibitions of Yom Kippur

“…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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