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SUKKOT

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The holiday of Sukkot is a special and joyous one throughout the Jewish world wherever it is commemorated. But, here in the holy city of Jerusalem, it is uniquely joyous. Jerusalem is inundated with visitors who arrive here from every corner of the world and represent not only the variety of people that compose the Jewish people but also tens of thousands of people of other faiths and cultures. It is truly the fulfillment of the prophecy of Yechezkel that Jerusalem would be the hub of humanity on the holiday of Sukkot and that all of those who participate in the celebration of the holiday in Jerusalem will be blessed with bounty and abundance. It is the realization that time alone is...

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HAAZINU

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Our great teacher Moshe, in his concluding hymn regarding the future of the Jewish people, calls as his witnesses heaven and earth. These witnesses are, in human terms, eternal and omnipresent. They will always be there to testify that Moshe concluded a binding covenant between God and Israel, and that this covenant is a symbol of eternity and destiny. Heaven and earth represent the physical world and the changing, yet seemingly unending nature of the planet that we inhabit. King Solomon taught us that all things human are subject to change and subject to new circumstances, but that the earth and its natural forces implanted within it from the moment of original creation, always remain...

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