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Virtual Sukkot & Simchat Torah Box

Virtual Sukkot & Simchat Torah Box

Your Virtual Sukkot/Simhat Torah Box holds many ways to celebrate the holiday. Choose what nurtures you. Listen, watch or read. (Sukkot, October 9-17; Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, October 17-18)

As he was quietly studying Mishnah in the Occupy Sukkah outside of Philadelphia’s City Hall, Rabbi Alex Weissman wondered: How do we hold both tzedek and kedushah in balance? How do we elevate both without losing either in ways that are rooted in the holidays themselves?

A lulag and etrog on a table

Rabbi Rayna Grossman, RRC’s director of field education, shares a Reconstructionist perspective on Simhat Torah.

Close-up of an open Torah scroll with a person's hand and yad

According to Ellen Dannin, “after they entered their promised land, the Israelites remained fractious, quarrelsome, difficult, faithless. Their entry into the land became only an entry to a place to continue to be as they were. But Moses, only Moses, died with a promised land.”

Aerial view of a desert

“All of a sudden, there is a new quality to the light,” notes Barbara Kavadias, heralding the Harvest Moon of Sukkot and the autumn festival of Sukkot.

Close-up of fall leaves

Rabbi Jacob Staub leads this thought/mindfulness meditation that focuses on breathing and the breath. Its goal is to be present and notice what arises. Sourced from Reset, providing Jewish activists with accessible spiritual practice and teachings.

A Black woman meditating in front of a white brick wall

Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz shares his ritual for welcoming exalted and holy guests into our sukkot.

A father and son decorating the interior of a sukkah

Psalm 27 is traditionally recited twice daily from the beginning of Elul through Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot. The Spontaneous Philadelphia Interfaith Choral Ensemble sings this original song by Matt Redman, arranged by Josh Ehrlich, with Yosef Goldman.

Participants of the Spontaneous Philadelphia Interfaith Choral Ensemble singing inside a synagogue

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