Finding Faith in Sukkot
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By Adam Rosen for Tablet Magazine
After reading Ecclesiastes, I realized Sukkot is the perfect holiday for a spiritual skeptic like me
When Sukkot begins this week, I’ll visit a sukkah. For many Jews, this is simply an ordinary part of the holiday every year. But for me, it will be the first time I’ve been in a sukkah in more than 20 years.
I’m not really much of a believer. I don’t know if I technically qualify as an agnostic or atheist or heretic; I like “skeptic.” Aside from the occasional last-minute trip to synagogue on a high holiday, I gave up strictly observing Jewish holidays many years ago. But a recent experience I had with one of the books of the Bible has me rethinking my lack of interest in them.
In fact, Sukkot seems like the perfect opportunity to reconnect with my past and find meaning in a Jewish holiday—because it’s the perfect holiday for skeptics.
Where in the Torah Do We Learn about the High Holidays? (A Visual Guide)
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By Barbara Mendes for Jewess Mag
Where in the Torah do we learn about the Jewish High Holidays?
In Sefer Vayikra, (the Book of Leviticus), in Parashat Emor! G-d tells Moses to tell the Children of Israel: “These are the Holidays of G-d!”
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How Does the Jewish Calendar Work?
Why Does the Jewish Calendar Change Every Year?
How does Chrismukkah even happen?
Why do Jewish holidays move around on the calendar? Why do we have Chanukah sometimes on Thanksgiving? Find some answers and learn more about how the Jewish calendar works in this video featuring Joshua Mallett.
The Hebrew calendar, or the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar where as the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar. The Jewish calendar is synced to the moon so the first day of the month is a new moon and the 15th day of the month is a full moon.
What is the Amidah?
By Rabbi David Wolkenfeld from bimbam.com
The Jewish Standing Prayer
The Amidah includes three distinct sections. The first section includes prayers that praise. The middle section includes 13 requests. These requests focus on practical needs like health, and the ability to make wise choices but also more lofty yearnings for redemption and justice. These requests can change depending on the time of year or holiday. The last section includes prayers of gratitude. You can also include your own personal prayers anytime during the middle or end.