The Eighth Day & Simchat Torah – Shemini Atzeret – Oct. 12

The festival of Sukkot comes to an end on the seventh day, “Hoshanah Rabba,” or “The Great Salvation,” the greatest day of the feast (Oct. 11, 2017). Then there is The Eighth Day (Oct. 12, 2017). The Eighth Day, counting from the first day of Sukkot, is considered a special celebration day of its own. It is to […]

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Obtaining The Blessing – Vezot Habracha – Oct. 12

The final Torah Portion of the yearly Jewish cycle of reading through the Torah is called “וזאת הברכה” – “ve’zot ha’bracha” – “And this is the blessing…” (Deut. 33:1). Since it is the final reading of the Torah, it is not read according to the regular Sabbath reading cycle, but rather, it is read on a […]

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Sukkot – The Reason For Our Joy! – Oct. 5 – Oct. 11

The Feast of Sukkot is commonly known in English as “The Feast of Booths” or “Tabernacles.”  The Hebrew word “סוכות” – “sukkot” is the plural form of the word “סוכה” –  “sukkah,” which simply means a tabernacle, a booth, or a temporary shelter. The Feast of Sukkot is first and foremost a festival of rejoicing (Lev. 23:40 & Deut. […]

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