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When I was a kid I loved Hallowe'en. It was the one time of the year you could go out with your friends unchaperoned and unchallenged - and it was after dark. I longed to have a beautiful store-bought costume that would make me feel super cool but we didn't have the money and almost everyone I knew made his or her own outfit. Besides, it was Saskatchewan and by October 31, it was cold and we needed to wear our costumes over fall coats and long pants. No chance of being glamorous.

When I went to University in Vancouver, I became to official Hallowe'en Aunt who took my niece and nephew and their friends around...


It is now חול המועד סוכות (Hol HaMoed Sukkot). The days between the first and last days of סוכות (Sukkoth). The profane days. The days that are not holy but are still part of the celebration. Everyone is back to work - at least for a few days before שמחת תורה (Simchat Torah) and the long month of celebrations is over. 

We built our סוכה (Sukkah) this year at the last moment. And like the previous years it is not perfect. It is structurally sound but it is not kosher. It does not comply with the exact dimensions and specifications of a kosher Sukkah. So strictly speaking, we should not say the blessings o...

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