Some years we tell this great story near the end of YomKippur, as the day nears its close and climax with the Neilah prayer. This year we told the story on the Shabbat in middle of Sukkot, as the holiday … Read the rest
One year on Sukkot we did an Israeli-themed meal and over all that food asked students to share a favorite memory of Israel. Being it was on the holiday, we had to remember as much as we could after the … Read the rest
The Sukkahleh Song has indeed become a favorite tradition at Shabbos House. Generation after generation of students here have savor and treasure it, considering it an anthem of sorts. Indeed, we sing it almost every night in the Sukkah, in … Read the rest
Over the two days of Rosh Hashanah, we read Torah twice and there are two Haftorahs. Here’s a fascinating thing: All four readings, from the Torah and Haftorah, are all about parents and children. That’s the main theme throughout.
The Machzor is the prayerbook for the High Holidays. There’s so much to be said on Rosh Hashanah and Yom-Kippur, so many special poems and readings, responsive prayers and add-ons, that a regular Siddur prayerbook couldn’t ever fit. Hence the … Read the rest
Apple dipped in honey is one of Rosh Hashanah’s best-known and most beloved customs. Much has been said about honey, as it represents our wish and prayer for a sweet new year, but what about the apple? That got me thinking, … Read the rest