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The Heart of the Etrog-The Quest Print E-mail

etrogI seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands (Psalms 119:10).”
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Exiled To The Succah-Restoring God’s Glory Print E-mail

exile-in-succah“And in the merit of my leaving my house to go out, may this be reckoned for me as if I have wandered afar.” In return for the Jewish exile of leaving their homes and dwelling in the succah, God considers it as if they had been exiled all the way to Babylon, and they are forgiven all their sins (Pesikta d’Rav Kahana 29).”
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Succot Hallel: Application To Four Species Print E-mail

HallelThe Midrash1 understands the verse, “David and all the House of Israel were playing before God,2” as meaning the people were shaking their Lulavim! There is an element of play. They expressed total, free, and absolute joy.
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The Eye of the Hadassim – A World Redeemed Print E-mail

haddassimHow beautiful on the mountains
 are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, 
who proclaim salvation,
 who say to Zion, “Your Lord reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
 together they shout for joy.
When God returns to Zion, they will see
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The Joyous Aravah Print E-mail

aravahThe desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the Aravah willow, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy (Isaiah 35:1).”
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Succot Hallel: Paragraph One Print E-mail

HallelAt which point did the Children of Israel recite Hallel? When the plague of the Slaying of the First Born began, Pharaoh went and knocked on the door of Moshe and Aaron’s house. Pharaoh wanted Israel to leave immediately,
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Succot Hallel Paragraph Two.1 Print E-mail

Hallel“The Sea saw it and ran away. The Jordan River reversed course.” All the water in the world split as Israel entered the Sea. The Sefer HaChaim (Introduction) explains that had only the Red Sea split, people would have said
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Succot Hallel Paragraph Two.2 Print E-mail

Hallel“Who turned the rock into a pool of water.” Manna, our bread that is usually produced from the earth’s harvest, fell from the heavens. Water, which usually falls from the heavens, came from the earth, a rock. God reversed
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Succot Hallel Paragraph Three Print E-mail

HallelThis is the paragraph of Trusters, or people who are Botchim. This paragraph celebrates our conviction that God will take care of our needs, and guide us toward perfecting our souls.
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Succot Hallel Paragraph Four Print E-mail

Hallel“God remembered us and will bless – Bless the ‘House’ of Israel – Bless the ‘House’ of Aaron.” This paragraph has special resonance on Succot when we change “Houses.” We made a statement when we moved out
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