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The Foundation Stone“When the Holy One, blessed is He, created His world, He created it like an infant born from its mother. For a fetus born from the mother, begins from its navel and expands outward to all four directions so too, the Holy One, blessed is He, began to create the world from the Foundation Stone and from that, the entire world was established.” - Midrash Tanchuma – Pikudei #3

 

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Succot & Shemini Atzeret: Water Print E-mail

SuccotAlthough everything is judged on Rosh Hashana, that judgment is for potential only. On Succot we are judged on water. God determines how the rain will fall, where it fall and when. Much of
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Hoshana Rabbah Exercises Print E-mail

Hoshana RabbaThere are actually two cycles of Rosh Hashana, Ten Days of Repentance and Yom Kippur. The first is the obvious cycle, the one we recently finished. However, the prophet, Ezekiel (40:1) describes Yom Kippur as Rosh Hashana.
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Hoshana Rabbah: Suggested Exercises Print E-mail

SuccotThere are actually two cycles of Rosh Hashana, Ten Days of Repentance and Yom Kippur. The first is the obvious cycle, the one we recently finished. However, the prophet, Ezekiel (40:1) describes Yom Kippur
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Hoshana Rabbah: Happy Tikkun! Print E-mail

SuccotHappiness as Tikkun: Hoshana Rabbah is the conclusion of the festival of Succot, a.k.a., “z’man simchateinu,” “our time of happiness”. Hoshana Rabbah is the climax of Succot. It should be the highest expression of
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Simchat Torah Exercises Print E-mail

SuccotShemini Atzeret Night: Preparation for Simchat Torah Night. 1. Each person at the festival meal should review the seven most important things he/she learned over the past year. This list should include anything
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Succot-Hallel and Lulav Print E-mail

SuccotThe Lulav is my dancing out to God. I am handing to God what I could not possibly express in words. The Lulav is the cup of thanks for salvation that we raise to God We are pushing our words up to God.
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Lulav: Acquisition Print E-mail

SuccotWhen we acquire something we move it – Kinyan – we lift the object we are acquiring or we pull the animal we are buying. We use movement to make something our own.
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The Voice of Torah: Succot Print E-mail

The Voice of TOrahA little over six months ago, Rav Simcha Weinberg visited our community and ate a meal at our home. At the table, he asked my children a question to which I did not have a ready answer.
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The Dance of the Lulav Print E-mail

SuccotThe Midrash  understands the verse, “David and all the House of Israel were playing before God, ” as meaning the people were shaking their Lulavim! There is an element of play. They expressed
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Succot, Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah (Transcribed Lecture) Print E-mail

SuccotOne of the first ideas to understand is the number seven.  One of the most familiar associations with the number seven is the seven days of the week, representing the completion of the
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