The Waters of Wisdom

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When the Beis HaMikdash stood, Sukkos was celebrated with the Simchas Beis HaShoe’va, “Festival of Water Drawing,” which took place each day of Chol HaMoed in the Beis HaMikdash.  In memory of these joyous festivities, it is customary in many communities today to make a Simchas Beis HaShoe’va, in which we gather together to rejoice…

Finding Meaning in Futility

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R’ Itzele  Peterberger and the Alter of Slobodka, two illustrious students of Rav Yisrael Salanter, once discussed the custom to read Koheles during Chag HaSukkos.  The morbid and fatalistic tone of Koheles, with verses such as, “Futility of futilities!  All is futile!” and “I hated life, for I found evil in everything that occurs under…