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FINDING YOUR BURIED TREASURE (PODCAST)

What is Shmini Atzeret really about? Why do we need an extra day of yomtov? The Midrash offers a wonderful suggestion — Rabbi Dunner recalls the Midrash, and goes on to offer his own unique interpretation for the requirement of an extra festival day after Sukkot is already over, a day that offers us all … Continue reading “FINDING YOUR BURIED TREASURE (PODCAST)”

FINDING YOUR BURIED TREASURE

What is Shmini Atzeret really about? Why do we need an extra day of yomtov? The Midrash offers a wonderful suggestion. God is reluctant to let us go, the Midrash explains, and we are reluctant to let go of God, so we continue on for another day, before embarking on the long winter until the … Continue reading “FINDING YOUR BURIED TREASURE”

THE SECRET OF SIMCHAT TORAH REVEALED

There is a maxim in Jewish ritual law which prohibits mixing two distinct expressions of joy, a rule known as “Ein Me’arvin Simcha Besimcha.” This means, for example, that weddings are proscribed during chol hamoed, so as not to eclipse the joy of the festival. And yet, Simchat Torah, which is not mentioned anywhere in … Continue reading “THE SECRET OF SIMCHAT TORAH REVEALED”

A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE

It is all a matter of perspective. To some, Christopher Columbus is the heroic explorer who discovered the New World. To others, he is the man who “played a pivotal role in the worst genocide humankind has ever known,” as was stated by Kshama Sawant, a city council member in Seattle, where this week it … Continue reading “A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE”