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Shabbat Sukkah 5777 – Locker Room Talk

October 23, 2016
Trump Bush

Millions of women around America have had old wounds reopened because of recent newspaper coverage of sexual harassment and the way men talk about it. I’m not talking about politics today. A tape of a conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush is certainly what has stirred up this particular issue at this particular...
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Sukkot 5773

October 6, 2012

(Originally published in the Jerusalem Post) by Rabbi Barry Leff The High Holy Days season starts with Tisha Be’av: we mourn for a broken house – the destroyed Temple – praying and fasting, reminded that the world is also broken. The holidays end with Succot. We sit in a broken house, but it’s filled...
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Shmini Atzeret 5767

October 13, 2006

Today is Shmini Atzeret – a day the Torah tells us is a holiday in its own right, separate but connected to Sukkot. Shmini Atzeret is the 22nd day of Tishrei.  It’s the 22nd day we have had in at least a “semi-holiday” mood.  We’ve gone from two days of Rosh Hashanah to Shabbat...
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Be Happy, It's Sukkot!

October 6, 2006
Be Happy, It's Sukkot!

Tonight begins the Festival of Sukkot, one of Judaism’s three harvest festivals.  Sukkot includes one of my favorite commandments: "you shall rejoice seven days before the Lord your God." Every holiday has its theme.  Passover is "zeman cheruteinu," the season of our liberation, Shavuot is "zeman matan Torahteinu," the season of the giving of...
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