Tonight begins the holiday of Sukkot, so I wanted to drop into your podcast feeds for a bonus episode to share a word about the holiday, and how I’m feeling about it this year.Read more
Until now, I’ve always felt at home in the world.
I have lived in five different countries and visited close to a hundred. I’ve always felt that the world was a place of opportunity and promise, a place where I could feel at home. After visiting most countries I’d say to myself, “I think I could live here.” If I felt particularly ill-adapted to a specific country, I always knew that there are many other places in which I can feel “at home”.
Lately, however, I’ve been besieged by the opposite feeling: a sense of homelessness in the world.Read more
Is there a relationship between Israel’s dependence on rain and the traits and values we developed as a people?
The choice of Kohelet for Sukkot is a curious one. Sukkot is supposed to be the most joyous festival in our calendar, and yet, on it we read a book that starts with this uplifting phrase: “Utter futility, utter futility, everything is futile”. Gulp.
We’re more affected by architecture than we might want to believe. The built environment conditions our thoughts and behaviors. Every building sends a message.Read more
Jewish tradition has a lot of paradoxes, but Sukkot is probably the biggest of them all.
Yom Kippur probably hired PR consultants to make us forget that Sukkot used to be the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar. It’s called “Hechag,” THE holiday. When the Talmudic rabbis referred to the chag without adding a specific holiday, it was obvious they were referring to the Festival of Tabernacles.Read more