On Sukkos, we shake the four species three times ahead at הוֹדוּ, back at טוֹב, up at לְעוֹלָם and down at חַסְדוֹ. Is there any lesson that these words teach us?
The Jewish Year
In the yeshiva on the mountainside
We gather to entreat the Lord of all
Don’t speak of it, holy readers, but know that there are corners of the internet inhabited by strange, ghoulish people without names or souls.
Early Morning In Elul Villanelle The old woman sits at the Western Wall. Although she’s toothless and her eyes are dim, She sits and waits for the shofar’s call. Around her shoulders a white shawl, Her face sags, her expression grim, The old woman sits at the Western Wall. Across her hands gold bracelets fall, Read more
Teshuvah is listed as one of seven things created before the universe because without it the universe could not endure.
There is truly nothing
Heartfelt Teshuva cannot do.
On Tu B’Av maidens dressed in white
borrowed robes with flowers in their hair,
dance in the fields under vines until night.
Jerusalem, no more do you cast your light.
No more a pinnacle of joy in men’s eyes,
Your days are drowned with night.
Illusion ceases to play its game when you can grab it. Its whole power lies in its inability to be grasped.
Exile – What can we do about it? What’s does exile mean? Expulsion from one’s native land by authoritative decree. The Gemara says, “There was no more tragic a time than when Hashem told Moshe Rabbeinu, ‘I hide My face on that day’ [in response to Klal Yisrael’s wayward behavior].” Rabbi Moshe Silberstein says, “Human suffering Read more