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Thanks! Really. (Part 1)

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I don’t generally celebrate (American) Thanksgiving.  My Thanksgiving is more in line of how and when the Pilgrims created the holiday.  That was a version of Sukot,  the harvest festival. More akin to Canadian Thanksgiving, which coincides with my holiday.  (Think about it.  What harvest would you reap in late November?)

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Stop? Assembly? Who knows….

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Last night was the 7th day of Sukot- but it has a special name-  Hoshana Raba.  Kind of like a mini-Yom Kipur.  During services, we destroy the willow branches that are part of the Lulav and Etrog (see the picture below) we’ve employed during this seven day festival.  We either do this because it was part of the rain-bringing rituals that existed centuries ago- or to remind us of repentance.  (The origin of the practice is simply not clear to us today.)

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The only time I ever lag!

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My mom’s dead.  And, I’m single.  So, there’s no celebration of Mother’s Day this weekend.  (Pay attention kids- your mom’s alive.  Don’t forget her.)   And, I was somewhat confused last week, when the Phillies celebrated Mother’s Day.  (That’s because there will be no Sunday home game this weekend. )

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Another one?

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Yup.  Another holiday.  Yes, I know it’s tax season.  It’s why I’ve been pushing my clients to get me their stuff early.  Because tonight begins the 7th day of Pesach.   (You do recall that we Jews start our days in the evening.  Because Hashem stated it was evening, it was morning- one day.  It’s why Christians follow the evening concept for the birth of Jesus- because he was Jewish and that’s how it worked for him.)

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