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What is Sukkot?
The Sukkah, the Four Kinds, the “Water-Drawing Celebrations,” the meaning of unity, the dynamics of joy…
For forty years, as our ancestors traversed the Sinai Desert, following the Exodus from Egypt, miraculous“clouds of glory” surrounded and hovered over them, shielding them from the dangers and discomforts of the desert. Ever since, we remember G-d’s kindness and reaffirm our trust in His providence by dwelling in a sukkah–a hut of temporary construction with a roof covering of branches–for the duration of the Sukkot festival (on the Jewish calendar Tishrei 15-21). For seven days and nights, we eat all our meals in the sukkah and otherwise regard it as our home.
Another Sukkot observance is the taking of the Four Kinds: an etrog(citron), a lulav (palm frond), three hadassim (myrtle twigs) and twoaravot (willow twigs). On each day of the festival (excepting Shabbat), we take the Four Kinds, recite a blessing over them, bring them together in our hands and wave them in all six directions: right, left, forward, up, down and backward. Our sages in the midrash tell us that the Four Kinds represent the various types and personalities that comprise the community of Israel,whose intrinsic unity we emphasize on Sukkot.
Sukkot is also called The Time of Our Joy; indeed, a special joy pervades the festival. nightly Water-Drawing Celebrations, reminiscent of the evening-to-dawn festivities held in the Holy Temple in preparation for the drawing of water for use in the festival service, fill the synagogues and streets with song, music and dance until the wee hours of the morning.
The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshaana Rabbah (“Great Salvation”) and closes the period of Divine judgment begun on Rosh Hashanah. A special observance is the aravah–the taking of a bundle of willow branches.
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Yom Kippur in a Nutshell
The holiest day of the year. Fasting and atonement, solemnity and joy…
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year–the day on which we are closest to G‑d and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement–“For on this day He will forgive you, to purifyyou, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d” (Leviticus 16:30).
For nearly twenty-six hours–from several minutes before sunset on Tishrei 9 to after nightfall on Tishrei 10–we “afflict our souls”: we abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bodies, do not wear leather footwear, and abstain from marital relations.
Before Yom Kippur we perform the Kaparot atonement service; we request and receive honey cake, in acknowledgement that we are allrecipients in G-d’s world and in prayerful hope for a sweet and abundant year; eat a festive meal; immerse in a mikvah; and give extra charity. Late afternoon we eat the pre-fast meal, following which we bless our children, light a memorial candle as well as the holiday candles, and go to the synagogue for Kol Nidrei services.
In the course of Yom Kippur we hold five prayer services: Maariv, with its solemn Kol Nidrei service, on the eve of Yom Kippur; Shacharit–the morning prayer; Musaf, which includes a detailed account of the Yom Kippur Temple service; Minchah, which includes the reading of theBook of Jonah; and Neilah, the “closing of the gates” service at sunset. We say the Al Chet confession of sins eight times in the course of Yom Kippur, and recite Psalms every available moment.
The day is the most solemn of the year, yet an undertone of joy suffuses it: a joy that revels in the spirituality of the day and expresses the confidence that G-d will accept our repentance, forgive our sins, and seal our verdictfor a year of life, health and happiness. The closing Neilah service climaxes in the resounding cries of “Hear O Israel… G-d is one.” Then joy erupts in song and dance (a Chabad custom is to sing the lively “Napoleon’s March“), followed by a single blast of the shofar, followed by the proclamation, “Next year in Jerusalem.” We then partake of a festive after-fast meal, making the evening after Yom Kippur a Yom Tov(festival) in its own right.
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Rosemary Tangerine Chicken
- Whole chicken cut and trimmed
- garlic cloves, small dice
- tangerines, fresh squeezed, and slices
- extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup dry white wine from Stainless steel cask not wood!!! let wine stand open for 30 minutes before drinking.
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Rube olive oil on bottom of pan, add half rosemary, garlic & tangerines slices to bottom of pan. Add chicken pieces on top rub with olive oil; add tangerine juice, the wine, rosemary, garlic, and tangerine slices on top. Cover chicken with honey.
3. Cover chicken & cook for 1 hour; then take cover off chicken and turn on broiler for about 10 min or until top of chicken is golden brown.
4. Serve with sautéed almond garlic string beans, & the rest of the white wine.
After Shabbat my mom tells me that my sister invited a friend, my parents, and I over for dinner, and she was going to make ground meat with pasta and ketchup ( I DON’T LIKE THE TASTE OF KETCHUP) not my favorite. I love my sis but one of things I learned during the time I was running the kitchen at Ithaca college is ketchup is a crime, and everything needs to be made fresh. So I had to think of something clever and not insult her along the same idea, I said I would make spaghetti and meat balls. 2 hours after Shabbat ended I went to work at the club and I ask MisterBradleyP (the DJ I was honored to spin with) where can I find the best Spaghetti and Meat Balls recipe? Bobby Flay on Food Network, and thought how good this would be if I take out the cheese and non-kosher meats. The Best dish I ever had!!! Try it what do you think?
- 3/4 pound ground veal
- 3/4 pound ground beef
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped and sautéed
- 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup pure olive oil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 (28-ounce) cans plum tomatoes and their juice, pureed in a blender
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 small bunch parsley
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 6 basil leaves,
- 12 cups water
- 1 pound #8 or #9 spaghetti
- 1 stick soften butter
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 1 country loaf, cut into 3/4-inch slices
For the Meatballs: Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl, except olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat the oil in large saute pan over medium-high heat. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and fry until golden brown, but not cooked through completely. (remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.) For the Tomato Sauce: Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add pureed tomatoes and juice, bay leaf and parsley, pepper flakes and salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add meatballs and let simmer for 30-40 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Remove the bay leaf and parsley, add the basil and serve.
For the Spaghetti: Bring salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente. Drain well in a colander, toss in sauce, serve with meatballs.
For the Garlic Bread: Combine butter and garlic. Spread evenly on bread and broil until browned.
I went to a Job interview in Jerusalem, and the interviewer tells me That I have to open my own business to work for him as a freelancer. And this is after we talked for a good hour and half. So annoying!!!! This is the 3rd interview where they don’t tell you everything till you waste money-getting there. I was angry, sad, & frustrated & I had to go home and tell my wife I don’t have a job again, and I needed something to chair me up, but still mad at the same time. And then I looked up, and if there is one thing in Israel the sun shines everyday, and then it came to me in the street at Jaffa and Ben Yehuda in the center of Jerusalem, Netsky’s remix of Rusko’s single ‘Everyday’! so while you read further in my blog listen to this remix from two of the best in Dubstep and Drumnbass!!!
OK lets continue, So this means I must run around to different offices and set my self up. Why? because Israel is a bureaucracy! I must pay my own taxes, health tax, Income tax, Pension, insurance policy, tax deductions such as: Internet, mobile phone, taxis, busses, office supplies, post, equipment and other work related expenses (Israel does not include business lunch). And nothing is a one stop shop like America! So a friend of mine sent me this E-mail With these links that made things easier. I will share this because there is no reason to stress out if you are new to Israel!!! Take a deep breath and breath. First I will show you the freelance easy part:
Option 1 = Sign up with a 3rd party service
Here are a few of the companies that provide this third-party service:
- Atzmai Sachir http://www.atzmai.co.il/
- Yiul Sachir http://www.yeuls.co.il/
- Severam business management www.bizpay.co.il
- Heshbonit Sachir http://www.freelancer.co.il/
This service is suitable for someone who has an opportunity to work on freelance projects and earn additional income but is reluctant to deal with the inevitable bureaucracy of Mas Hachnasa, Ma’am & Bitacuh Leumi. With this 3rd party service you can sign up as an employee. They will bill the client on your behalf take a certain percentage as a fee for their professional services (ranging from 5% to 7%), process your income as gross income and pay you a salary as well as providing you with a payslip
Info taken from: http://myblog.howardglick.com/registering-as-an-atzmai-israel/
Good luck and have an easy fast!!!!