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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jewish Thought

The meaning of temporary shelter resounds even more strongly for some this year

Charles Wiese of Houston, Texas, drove to his gutted home right after Yom Kippur to retrieve his sukkah decorations, stored on a high shelf in what had once been his garage. The walls and boards of the sukkah itself are gone, as is most of his house, due to damage from Hurricane Harvey.

The Wiese family is eagerly awaiting delivery of a new sukkah, says his wife, Janice. It’s slated to arrive Monday or Tuesday, coming to them as part of Chabad Harvey Relief, a joint project by the Chabad centers based in Houston.

“Everybody’s sukkah in the neighborhood was stored in their garages and just about everybody’s garages were flooded,” she tells

The Sukkah's spiritual energy invites the souls of Judaism's seven great leaders to partake in the divine light on Earth.

What is the Garden of Eden? This is the place where worthy souls, having passed from this world, enjoy the light of the divine presence as they await entrance to the World to Come – i.e. the post-Messianic age (Talmud - Shabbat 152b; Derech Hashem 1:3:11).

The Zohar, the foremost book of Jewish mysticism, explains that the Sukkah generates such an intense concentration

“On this New Year, a reminder that the strength of the Jewish people lies in our unity,” was written in huge letters on the pages of the major newspapers on the eve of Rosh Hashana.  The author, president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder wrote: “I have devoted my adult life to fighting for the global Jewish community. I have worked to build a world where we are all united, where our community grows, where children are not afraid, where nothing stops Jewish people from achieving their

“On this New Year, a reminder that the strength of the Jewish people lies in our unity,” was written in huge letters on the pages of the major newspapers on the eve of Rosh Hashana.  The author, president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder wrote: “I have devoted my adult life to fighting for the global Jewish community. I have worked to build a world where we are all united, where our community grows, where children are not afraid, where nothing stops Jewish people from achieving their

Guidelines for the holiest day of the Jewish year – the Day of Atonement

Following the sin of the Golden Calf, Moses pleaded with God to forgive the people. Finally on Yom Kippur, atonement was achieved and Moses brought the second set of Tablets down from Mount Sinai.

From that day forward, every Yom Kippur carries with it a special power to cleanse our mistakes (both individually and collectively) and to wipe the slate clean.

This works on two conditions:

(1) We do a process called