Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

A little girl in Israel awaits the building of her family's sukkah -- in this case, an elaborate affair that will require much wood and manual construction. Once up, the sukkah will serve as a place to dine and sleep; coupled with the lulav and etrog, it comprises what's needed to celebrate the Festival of Booths, which begins the evening...
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Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener
SUKKOT Exodus 33:12-34:26 The entire festival of Sukkot is designated as holy time, with special commandments -- shaking the lulav and etrog, sitting or dwelling in a sukkah -- to be performed throughout. Yet the first and last days of the festival are distinct from the interim days, which are considered both holy and ordinary. It is this very in-between...
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Sandra Berman (left) and Fran Beresid-Andrepont are members of Temple Beth Israel in Gadsden, Ala., which has a small congregation and a rabbi who flies in from Atlanta once a month to lead services. Congregants hope to fill the pews with unaffiliated Jews during Yom Kippur and the holidays that follow it. RNS Photo/Reuters
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Yom Kippur, Leviticus 16:1-34, Numbers 29:7-11
Even more than the yearning voice of the cantor during the High Holidays, I remember the palpable weeping of the worshippers, especially that of my grandmother and her contemporaries in the women's gallery of my childhood synagogue in Brooklyn, reaching a crescendo when the congregants would cry out, "Do not cast us into old age." To this day, I cannot...
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