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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Laws and Customs

Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted.

It is customary to begin working on -- or at least planning -- the construction of the sukkah immediately after Yom Kippur. Indeed, The Midrash (Vayikra Rabbah 30:7) describes the four days between Yom Kippur and Sukkot as a time when the Jewish people are "preoccupied with mitzvot... this one is occupied with his sukkah, this one is occupied with his lulav..."

According to an old Chassidic tradition -- mentioned in the writings of the Baal Shem Tov -- the day after Yom Kippur is referred to as "G-d's Name." (The Baal Shem Tov explains that each of the various divine names describe G-d's involvement in a specific "world" or realm of reality, but the designation "G-d's Name" -- without reference to any particular name -- connotes a divine effluence that transcends all realms and particulars. On Yom Kippur, we access and reveal the very essence of our soul, which is one with the very essence of G-d; thus the day after Yom Kippur carries the designation "G-d's Name.")

Daily Thought

In the end, have you actually changed the past?

The events of the past have not changed and neither has their sequence. The objects, the subjects—all remains as all was.

But their meaning is now vastly different. And that is all that really matters. Because nothing is real in this world, all is transient, here only for now, vanished in a time later, all except for meaning.

The meaning of each event, that is forever. And according to where you take those events, so will be their meaning.