Sukkot: The Festival of Joy

Sukkot is a joyous festival beginning five days after Yom Kippur. It is also known as the Festival of Booths and the Feast of Tabernacles after the temporary booths or huts (Sukkot in Hebrew) in which Jews are supposed to dwell during this week-long celebration. The Sukkah Hut Why? According to Rabbinic tradition, Sukkot represents […]

The Shofar in the Bible

The shofar is the powerful instrument made from a ram’s horn mentioned throughout the Bible, as well as in the Talmud and in Rabbinic literature. Perhaps the strongest expression of the supernatural, enchanting nature of the shofar was its role at Mt. Sinai when Moses ascended to receive the Ten Commandments: “…..And it came to […]

Tashlich: Rosh Hashanah and Casting Away Sin

Every year shortly before sunset on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world gather next to a body of water where they recite certain prayers, followed by a symbolic shaking out of our pockets. This is the ancient custom known as “Tashlich,” which means “casting off” in Hebrew,a symbolic […]