Monthly Archive: October 2014

Noach – Shoulder to Shoulder

After the flood civilization slowly built itself up. Generations passed and the land again became inhabited. Everyone was fairly closely related to each other, which doesn’t always make for good neighbors. Nevertheless, there is...

Bereshit – It’s All Good

In the account of creation each ‘day’ of work is recorded. For example, on the first day God said, “Let there be light” The verse then states, “And it was so.” Before it moves...

Shemini Atzeret – Rejoice!

Other festivals require aids to enable our rejoicing. Whether it is through the waving of the species, dwelling in the Sukkah or crunching on Matzo, the festivals are more defined by those Mitzvot than by pure rejoicing. Shemini Atzeret has the capacity to be defined entirely by rejoicing.

Sukkot – The Happy Place

There is an article on aish.com which mentions a fascinating psychological study. A selection of people were asked their preference of the following two scenarios. In the first scenario they earned $100,000 a year,...

Sukkot – A Festival of Nature

There is something about Sukkot which resonates for our generation more than any previous generation. We live in a world less natural than ever before. Almost all our materials are man made. We wear...