Pumpkins: The Secret to Sukkot

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Sukkot is coming up, and autumn for us is all about the noble pumpkin. Pumpkin is a squash originating from America. Squash was unknown in Europe until 1492 when Columbus returned. The word squash is of Algonquin origin, a Native American language. … [Continue reading]

Parsha V’zot HaB’rakhah: Rejoicing in the Torah

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All relationships end. We move through life in a whirl of hellos and goodbyes. Some are welcomed with enthusiasm, others quietly grieved. Not all are of our own volition or within our control, and we don’t always get second chances when we most wish … [Continue reading]

Repenting For My Social Media Sins

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This is a very personal post, that in no way reflects how PunkTorah or any of its websites has been ran. There is some debate about whether or not our sins should be publicly accounted for on Yom Kippur. We sing Ashamnu and Al Chet on Yom Kippur … [Continue reading]

Parshah Ha’azinu: On Sunflower Sutras and the Heart of Our Torah

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When we think of Moses, our focus tends towards ideals like prophet and teacher, evoking the image of Charlton Heston parting a Technicolor Red Sea. In references to Moshe Rabbeinu poetry typically plays no part, and the vision of a righteous spoken … [Continue reading]

Has Anyone Seen My Kavanah?

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Okay, here’s the thing: while I typically possess the organizational skills of an ant with OCD, over this past year my every attempt at organization has been confounded. I believe that this is due, in large part, to my lifestyle becoming increasingly … [Continue reading]