G‑d told Abraham: “If atonement was not granted to your children on Rosh Hashanah, I will grant it on Yom Kippur; if atonement was not attained on Yom Kippur, it will be given on Hoshana Rabbah.”
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Is Simchat Torah off the map?
By Tzvi Freeman
How can I, a wife and mother of four, who works with many wonderful women and has many wonderful friends, thank G‑d, dare to say that at times, yes, I feel so, so alone?
By Elana Mizrahi
I was wondering, what’s the connection between stuffed cabbage and Simchat Torah? Or is it just something my mom did?
By Yehuda Shurpin
Father, your decree is more severe than Pharaoh’s. Pharaoh decreed only against the males; you have decreed against the males and females. Pharaoh decreed only concerning this world; you have decreed concerning this world and the world to come . . .
Miriam to Amram, when the Jewish leader separated from his wife in response to Pharaoh’s decree to drown all Jewish newborn males in the Nile (Talmud, Sotah 12a)
A sukkah is an embrace. You sit inside and G‑d is hugging you. All of you, from head to toe. Whatever you do inside your sukkah—sip a beer, chat with a friend, answer your e‑mail, or just sleep soundly—all is transformed into a mitzvah, a secure and timeless connection with the Infinite. And then, when you leave the sukkah to enter the world, you carry that hug with...