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The Color of Forgiveness

Rhona Lewis

What comes to mind when you think of the color white? A spotless Shabbos tablecloth, a shul full of men dressed in kittels, a bride’s gown, a thick carpet of snow unrolled overnight ready for your footprints, clouds as fluffy as candy floss. All of these make us think of beauty, purity, perfection, and forgiveness. Why?

 

Yom Kippur

Rochel Gross

Yom Kippur, the day when Hashem seals our fate for the coming year, is fast approaching. When we contemplate what could be decreed for us in the coming year, it is natural for us to be terrified. But Hashem, in His infinite kindness, gave us a special gift (three, actually), guaranteed to tear up bad decrees and inscribe us in the sefer of tzaddikim. We all know what these “magic” things are: teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah.

 

Yom Tov Times Three (and busy as can be!)

Sara Miriam Gross

Tishrei is coming — with many days of Tom Tov! Along with these special days comes a special challenge — keeping your younger siblings, or yourself, busy for hours without doing any melachah. The following activities and games can be enjoyed on Shabbos and Yom Tov, by children (and adults!) of all ages. Some games require advance preparation though, so be sure to read all the ideas beforehand.

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