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Say No to Drugs (And All Other Artificially Induced Highs)

Reb Mendel Futterfas, a legendary twentieth century chassid, was imprisoned in a Siberian labor camp for the crime of assisting his coreligionists in...

Pyramids of Unity

The Holiday Mitzvahs There are two Mitzvahs that are specifically intended for the holiday of Sukkot, eating in the Sukkah and the blessing on the four...

When are Sukkot and Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?

Sukkot is a seven day holiday which begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei and concludes on the 21st. Outside of Israel the first two...

Sukkot: How High is High?

I used to associate the ‘High’ in the High Holidays with our Temple’s towering ceiling, as well as with the official higher ups who...

Why is the holiday of Sukkot celebrated in the autumn season?

Several reasons are given for the timing of this holiday in the beginning of the autumn season: After filling his warehouses with all the produce which...

What does the holiday of Sukkot commemorate?

“But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month [the month of Tishrei], when you gather in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the...

From Days of Awe to Days of Joy

The holiday of Sukkot is characterized by two themes: joy and unity. Although we are required to be joyous on all festivals, the joy of Sukkot surpasses...

What is Hoshanah Rabbah?

The day before Shmini Atzeret, the last day of Chol Hamoed Sukkot, is called Hoshanah Rabbah. According to Jewish tradition, the verdict for the new year...

What is a Simchat Beit Hashoeva?

When sacrifices were offered in the Holy Temple, there was also a special pouring of wine and oil at the altar. On Sukkot there was also a special ceremony...

What's the connection between the High Holidays and Sukkot?

Question: The High Holidays and Sukkot are in the same month, just about back to back, and seem to be connected. But what's the connection between the...