Isru Chag: Last but certainly not least

Isru Chag: Last but certainly not least

The day following Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot is known in Hebrew as “Isru Chag.” It’s a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar but a major holiday for Israeli school children, since there is no school on “Isru Chag.” Many Israeli families spend one final day on hikes...
Sukkot Prayer: Praise the Lord all the Nations!

Sukkot Prayer: Praise the Lord all the Nations!

Every day during Sukkot, Jews sing Psalm 117, yearning for the day when all of the Nations praise Hashem. Psalm 117 is part of the “Hallel” service that Jews recite on the festivals. While Sukkot commemorates the miraculous protection God provided the Children of...
“Thunders Over Mighty Waters”

“Thunders Over Mighty Waters”

According to Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson, the word for ‘water,’ mayim (מים), provides an interesting example of the unique way in which the Hebrew word expresses the essence of the object it names. This word is spelled with two instances of the letter mem (מ) and one...