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Hello dear readers, I was thinking about similarities and differences between pesach and Shavuot, and one thing I thought of was pesach’s special emphasis on children. The youngest sing mah nishtanah, and we talk about the four sons, and there’s a focus on asking questions and giving answers and educating our children about this pivotal ...

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Hello dear readers, As you know, this year we won’t be at home for sukkot. We’ll be enjoying a kosher sukkot vacation in Italy! This means we won’t be building a sukkah at home, and I have to say, it’s been a good while since I didn’t have to build my own sukkah! So let ...

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Ciao cari lettori, (That’s Italian for, Hello dear readers.) Sukkot is fast approaching, but it still feels so far away. Of course, we still have all of Elul, and Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur, and lots and lots to do before we get to lulav time, but still, October 4th is right around the corner! ...

Hello dear readers, Our trip to our sukkot hotel in Italy is still months away, but one family member is already excited about visiting (and performing) in a new country. That little performer is, of course, little Reuven, age 10, and the performance is juggling at “simchat beit hashoeva” or “rejoicing in the house of ...

Sukkot is “the time of joy.”  It follows Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, holidays of intense self-reflection, repentance and atonement.  The joy reflects the spiritual state attained upon completion of the Ten Days of Atonement, as well as the physical satisfaction in reaping the harvest, and celebrating the results of hard work and effort. The ...