Sukkot: Rejoicing in Vulnerability?

This year, as Sukkot rolls around, I’m thinking a lot about what it means to rejoice in our vulnerability.  After all, we are commanded to rejoice on Sukkot (Leviticus 23:40)—as we spend time in temporary shelters that may make us feel scared and insecure rather than joyful. This question takes on particular significance for those […]

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Rejoicing in our broken houses

I’ve just come to the end of Rabbi Alan Lew’s “This is Real and Your Are Completely Unprepared.” The book takes the reader from Tisha B’Av through Sukkot on a beautiful, spiritual journey that deepens the significance of each day of this period.  According to Rabbi Lew, Sukkot ends this period on a triumphant note: […]

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Impermanence: Jewish Style

Sukkot is coming.  One of the hallmarks of this holiday is the flimsy homes we move into-temporary booths that we erect in a few minutes-with insubstantial roofs that allow in the sun and rain, and walls that shake as the wind buffets them. At the end of the holiday, in just about the same time […]

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