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Sukkot: Laws & Customs

The Sukkah The Sukkah is a temporary structure, referred to as a booth, in which we are supposed to eat our meals during the week of this harvest festival. It is constructed of four walls and covered with a roof of tree branches. If you don’t have already existing walls, the sides of a house […]






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Sukkot: Religious Meaning

If Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prepare the mind for teshuvah, repentance, and help the soul achieve divine forgiveness, then Sukkot is like a congratulations party for the body after a long, spiritual journey. Also called zeman simhateinu, the season of our rejoicing, Sukkot is about joy and giving thanks. When the children of Israel […]






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Sukkot 101

Sukkot, The Festival of Booths Four days after Yom Kippur, Jews world-wide celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. The holiday is celebrated from the 15th of Tishri through the 21st or 22nd of Tishri, depending if you live in Israel or in the Diaspora. Sukkot usually falls out in late September or early October. After the […]






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Yom Kippur: Heroes & Villians

Jonah and the Whale On the afternoon of Yom Kippur, while many families are resting at home before coming back to synagogue for the concluding service of Neilah, the Book of Jonah is read. Everyone knows about Jonah and the whale. But the Book of Jonah, says a lot more about Jonah and G-d than […]






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Yom Kippur: Laws & Customs

Since the first of Elul, more than a month before Yom Kippur, all of the customs, traditions, introspection, prayers, even foods, have been a kind of dress rehearsal for Yom Kippur: the day Jewish fate is sealed. Preparation for Yom Kippur begins the day before: Atonements: The ancient custom of Kapparot, or atonements, used to […]






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Yom Kippur: Religious Meaning

There must be a reason why so many Jews who do not observe other Jewish holidays and customs, put everything on hold for Yom Kippur. What is so special about this holiday that stops Jews in their tracks and makes them take off work and school, freeing themselves of all other commitments, until the holiday […]






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Yom Kippur 101

Yom Kippur, the Sabbath of Sabbaths, is observed the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, September or early October in the secular calendar. The first Yom Kippur took place after Moses returned from his second trip to Mt. Sinai with the replacement set of tablets containing the Ten Commandments. He had broken the […]






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Hasmonean Aqueduct tour in Armon Hanatziv

Following the Water to Jerusalem One of the first sites we took our kids to explore when we began our summer in Israel was this tour. This is one of several tours offered through the City of David, so you need to book early because it’s very popular.  Tours run in English and in Hebrew […]






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Jerusalem Paint Ball

For information and reservations: 02-6268700 I have two boys ages 16 and 12. They’ve tried Paintball once or twice here in the States. We live in Chicago, so there are lots of places for Paintball. I’m not a fan. They can get hurt so I don’t look for Paintball opportunities. However, when I found out […]






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Segway Tours of Ancient Jerusalem

Ever since the Segway was invented, it was all my husband Mike talked about. So imagine my excitement when I learned that the City of David also offered Segway tours of Jerusalem! You have to be 18 years old to join this tour, so I knew I’d be the one  to stay back with the […]






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