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March 7, 2020 – Celebrate Purim!

There are no weekly Torah readings on Purim, besides the Book of Esther and the explanatory background scriptures. Read the memo on Purim here.

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December 22, 2019 – Hanukkah! and Deut. 10:1 – 11:9 – A Call to Obedience

The eight-day feast of Hanukkah commemorates a miracle that occurred during the Jewish Maccabean revolt against the Syrians in 165 B.C. After rededicating the Temple, Judas Maccabeus relit the Temple’s lampstand, which burned for eight days with only one day’s … Continue reading

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The Feast of Tabernacles

We’re celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles on Saturday, Sept. 29! The Hebrew word for Tabernacles is “sukkah,” which originally meant “woven” and applied to the branches woven together to make simple shelters. Israel was commanded to dwell in booths like … Continue reading

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September 16, 2018 – Yom Kippur! Lev. 16:1-34 – The Ritual for Yom Kippur

Torah Readings: Leviticus 16:1-34 – The Ritual for Yom Kippur Read our memo on observing Yom Kippur here. Psalm 80 Haftarah: Ezekiel 16:9-14, 59-62 Ezekiel 36:16-25 Notes on Leviticus 16:1-34 Notes on Traditions of the Veil Notes on Kol Nidrei … Continue reading

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July 22, 2018 – Observe the Fast of Ab

No Torah Readings scheduled except for those concerning the Fast of Ab. The purpose of the fast is to consider our idolatry and repent, as the Jews did, lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem. See notes on the fast here.

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