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21/22 October: Shabbat Chol Hamoed

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From Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur we lived in a spiritual world, in synagogue with prayers, and in our thoughts outside of the synagogue.  On Sukkot, we make a change.

On Sukkot we use the physical world as a path to holiness.  It reminds us in the most obvious way, that we need to think spiritual but live in the physical world. We embrace the lulav and etrog in the natural setting of the Sukkah—shaded during the day by its roof made of foliage and watching the stars overhead at night.

If you are planning for the upcoming year — what are you doing to take care of the both sides of your life — to honour the lesson that we need to pay attention to both the soul and the body.

Chag Sameach,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

October 19, 2016