Tag: Sukkot


Changes, Parents and Supernovas: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Sept. 28 – Oct.2), we published posts about the rewards of embracing change with open arms, the temporary rituals that build a lasting faith, the beautiful Hubble Telescope discovery caused by ancient devastation, the stepdad whose parenting was honored at just the right moment… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Can You Learn to Love Navigating Transitions? – Rachel Barenblat As the parent of a toddler, I learned that transitions are hard.?Toddlers don’t have a......

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Shelter Me: Faith in an Imperfect World

At this time of year, what is the importance of the sukkah? The temporary shelter stands with a roof made of branches that do not provide a full cover. If it rains, the inside is made unusable and a very strong wind may knock it down. And yet we plan the weeklong autumnal holiday of Sukkot to be spent eating (and in some places, sleeping) under it. The sukkah is also called tzila mehemnuta, or shadow of faith, not just because one has faith that the weather will oblige, but because the......

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When We Take Ourselves Beyond Walls

As I write these words, I am observing an ancient holiday which celebrates both the importance of walls and the sacredness of permeability. Then, like millions of others around the world, I celebrated the Jewish/Biblical holiday known in Hebrew as Sukkot – the Feast of Tabernacles. The temporary huts built outdoors recall the huts used by ancient Israelites on their journey from Egypt to the Holy Land.? They are also reminiscent of God’s presence, which the Hebrew Bible describes as surrounding them on that journey. Now here’s the really interesting part: Permeability......

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Finding Your Path to Spirituality

When you think about what it means to be spiritual, find spirituality, or anything remotely approximating those experiences, what do you think of? Do you find your attention turning to experiences and images of relative solitude? Of solitary walks on the beach or perhaps, lonely mountain peaks? That is certainly one spiritual type. But not the only one. Perhaps, when you think of being spiritual, you imagine yourself amidst raucous crowds, at home in messy scenes replete with food and wine and loud singing. Do you find that your most spirited moments......

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