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What is Shmittah?
What is Shmittah?

We have now completed the fall holidays and have fully entered…

Religious Recycling
Religious Recycling

Organized recycling is a development of the modern world, and from the current understanding of the concept, is not discussed in the Talmud. After all, in the era when the sages were compiling the Oral Law, most people lived in an agrarian society that…

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Tonight starts the holiday of Shemini Atzeret, literally the Gathering of the…

Rain, Rain…
Rain, Rain…

“Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day…”This cute ditty must have been…

Beating the Willows
Beating the Willows

During Sukkot, there is a mitzvah to wave the four species (lulav, hadassim, aravot and etrog – palm, myrtle, willow and citron) every day except on Shabbat. In addition to this mitzvah, the four species are grasped together wh…

The Great Hoshana (Hoshana Rabbah)
The Great Hoshana (Hoshana Rabbah)

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.But actually the days of judgment are not …

Rejoicing for the World
Rejoicing for the World

Among the unique rituals performed on the holiday of Sukkot were the additional offerings that…

Water, Water Everywhere
Water, Water Everywhere

Sukkot is considered the holiday on which God determines the world’s…

More Than A Harvest Festival
More Than A Harvest Festival

Few people refer to Sukkot by the name Chag Ha’Asif, Feast of the…

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…

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