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Tag Archives: Simchat Torah

Traditional Comfort Food for Succot & Simchat Torah

Posted on October 2, 2015 by David Berman

Some would say that not many, if any foods, are associated with Succot, while so many other festivals have foods that are so obviously related to them (think kneidelach on Pesach, dairy foods on Shavuot, tsimmes on Rosh Hashanah…). Many, however, do have the tradition to eat stuffed cabbage on Succot. The reason most often Continue Reading »

Raising the Issue – My Torah

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Meira Cohen

The place: a little shtieble near my house in New York. The time: the holiday of Simchat Torah. I am accompanying my brother and his two children to hakafot, the joyous circle dancing celebrating our people’s connection to the Torah. As I walk into the women’s section past the sign delineating proper and modest dress Continue Reading »

TGI (almost) Cheshvan

Posted on September 28, 2013 by Sam Stern

From my blog: We dance, we kiss, we schmooze, we carry on, we go home happy.  What do you say?  Come on. The holiday of Sukkot is sometimes referred to as the Festival of In-gathering.  In the agricultural world, this time period marks the completion of the harvest and the beginning of the planting/rainy season. Continue Reading »

Not just once, but four times!

Posted on September 26, 2013 by Andrea Wiese

From my blog: Like any other normal day, I received an email from the synagogue/ beit knesset that I go to every week here in Jerusalem, Mizmor le David. Usually, I delete them because I know the prayer times and have my meals already planned. But with all the chaggim/ holidays, I read through the Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] One for Two and Two for One

Posted on September 24, 2013 by Jeff Amshalem

Here’s a teaching of R. Aharon of Karlin (1802-1872) based on teachings his grandfather, Aharon the Great of Karlin (1736-1772), one of the earliest Hasidic rebbes, gave at Simhat Torah. Before we start, it’s worth taking a look at the midrash that will be the lynchpin of the teaching, from Bereishit Rabbah 8:1. Said Rabbi Jeremiah ben Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Benny Levy — Thanksgiving Appreciation

Posted on November 22, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

Benny Levy (PEP ’07-’09) originally wrote this dvar Torah for the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project: We celebrated Simchat Torah not long ago. One of the customs of the holiday is to call all children under Bnai Mitzvah age to the Torah in order to include them in the happiness of ending the cycle of Continue Reading »

[Guest Post] Reflections of the Alex Singer Hike in 2012, the Year of his 25th Yahrtzeit and a Poem

Posted on November 2, 2012 by Emma Sevitz

by Suzanne Singer, Alex’s mom Three events happened this year that gave us a theme for the Alex Hike.  Benjy joined around 250 IDF officers on their trip to Germany and Poland to learn about and see the physical remains of the Shoah. Benjy’s son Itai went with his 12th grade class to Poland to Continue Reading »

Holidays, Vacations, and more!

Posted on October 12, 2012 by Heather Kantrowitz

Originally posted on my blog: Shalom friends and family! From Rosh Hashanah until Sukkot we were without internet at the house, hence the lapse in blog posts. Anyways, it’s back now (after a long and frustrating process) so I’ll try to summarize everything that’s been happening in my life in the past few weeks. 1) Continue Reading »

[Take 5] My Poland Trip in Perspective

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Lauren Schuchart

This past Sunday night was Simchat Torah. I spent the evening in the Pardes beit midrash, dancing and singing, along with many of you. The energy in the room was palpable, and filled me up with a feeling of pure joy. I experienced a particularly moving moment when the singing shifted to “Am Yisrael Chai: Continue Reading »

The Sukkah as Temporary Temple

Posted on October 5, 2012 by Sydni Adler

During Sukkot, we celebrate God’s hand in the successes of our past years’ produce and of all the work of our hands (Deut 16:15). Before the destruction of the Temple, Sukkot was much more of a raucous, noisy, purely joyful celebration than it is today. However, today, without the Temple and without sacrifice, what remains Continue Reading »

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