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Restart

From Rosh Chodesh Elul until Yom Kippur we all become so forgiving to everyone. But what happens the day after? That’s when we have to restart, once again…

Sweet Erosion

The soul is always gravitating toward the Almighty. It desires holiness at all times. We are created to be happy, holy, and close to our Creator…

Miracle in the Desert

We eat, sleep, and sit in tents. We are helpless to the elements, slaves to the whims of nature. We are babies in our Father's arms, completely dependent on His mercy…

Palace of the King

The Succah is the King's Palace. Go inside, and with each slow breath appreciate how there is no negativity of any kind in the King's House...

The Happy Pill

In the time of the Holy Temple, our people had everything. Yet, rather than appreciating what they had, they complained and looked for joy elsewhere…

Willow in the Wind

Kalman looked up from his butcher block and he saw some menacing Cossacks in the doorway. "Jhid," they sneered in Russian, "the day of your funeral has arrived"...

Fun or Joy?

Having a couple of beers with the boys? You could have fun but don’t count on a deep sense of simcha. Fun is surface and short term, simcha runs deep...

A House of Prayer

Since the "Clouds of Glory", the Divine Presence envelops a person's Succa, sitting in the Succa is most conducive for prayer, especially personal prayer...

A Dry Succah

Sometimes, in their quest to be "frum", people forget that their tongues must be holy; especially on Succoth, one should never discredit another person…