“On the fifteenth day of the seventh month is a seven-day festival of Sukkot to G‑d . . . The eighth day shall be a holy occasion for you . . . a [day of] detention (‘atzeret’).” [This is comparable to] a king who invited his children for a banquet of several days. When it came time for them to go, he said to them: “My children, please, stay with me one more day—your parting is difficult for me . . .”
Leviticus 23:34–36; Rashi’s commentary, ibid.
Kislev 19, 5776
Laws and Customs
"Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism"; begin Tanya study cycle
Chassidim joyfully celebrate today and tomorrow as the Rosh Hashanah ("new year")...
Alot Hashachar (dawn)
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin
Netz Hachamah (sunrise)
Tzeit Hakochovim (nightfall)
Two pithy lines were repeated by beloved teachers and relived by those who heard them each and every year.
By Mendel Rubin
By Chana Weisberg
I have nothing against religion, but could it be that religious Judaism is a cult? I bumped into an old classmate who has become totally religious. After speaking to her, I felt that she is brainwashed . . .
By Aron Moss
I was in a bit of a hurry so I didn’t get into it, but I would still like to know, what is the story with electric menorahs?
By Yehuda Shurpin
After years of watching these and other animated, enthusiastic rabbis, with their interesting and industrious ways of approaching holidays—and every day, for that matter—I have learned that sometimes it’s me who is missing a tune.
By Chana Gittle Deray