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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Holidays

Jews around the world embrace the Holy Torah with love as they do hakafot in synagogues on the holiday of Simchat Torah God adds a special day at the end of Sukkot, a day of great intimacy with our Creator, as He asks His Jewish children to remain with him for extra personal time together.

Imagine you throw a huge party and invite everyone you know. But this is no "regular" party: It's one solid week of food, music and fun. Eventually things wind down and people begin to leave. As the host, you quietly go over to a few of your best friends and whisper: "Stick around after everyone else leaves -- that's when I'm breaking out the good stuff."

Each year God has a weeklong celebration called "Sukkot." In ancient times in Jerusalem, the service in the Holy Temple during the week of Sukkot featured a total of 70 bull offerings. This, the Talmud explains

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemns the concept of exceptionalism but that is what precisely makes us a more moral nationRejoicing with the Torah because it is an exceptional book that has made us exceptional.

Till now the best definition of chutzpah was probably that given by Leo Rosten in his classic work, The Joys of Yiddish: “Chutzpah is that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan."

In the aftermath of the by now infamous op-ed piece in the New York Times by Vladimir Putin, the Russian President might well be a

On Sukkot, we are commanded to wave the Four Species, each noted for its special beauty:Guidelines for the joyous Jewish outdoor festival of Sukkot.

Following on the heels of the High Holidays is Sukkot, a seven-day festival (8 days in the Diaspora) characterized by the outdoor Sukkah-huts that we sit in, and the "Four Species" of plants waved together each day.

Sukkot is a holiday of immense joy, where we express our complete trust in God, and celebrate our confidence in having received a "good judgment" for the coming year.

Throughout the week of Sukkot, we eat, sleep and

On Sukkot, we are commanded to wave the Four Species, each noted for its special beauty:Guidelines for the joyous Jewish outdoor festival of Sukkot.

Following on the heels of the High Holidays is Sukkot, a seven-day festival (8 days in the Diaspora) characterized by the outdoor Sukkah-huts that we sit in, and the "Four Species" of plants waved together each day.

Sukkot is a holiday of immense joy, where we express our complete trust in God, and celebrate our confidence in having received a "good judgment" for the coming year.

Throughout the week of Sukkot, we eat, sleep and

The four species must be taken together as a unit. So too, to achieve happiness, one must use all of his faculties in unisonThe key to joy is success in our relationships. This includes our relationship with other people, with ourselves, and with God.

Every Jewish holiday is infused with a special energy to help us work on a particular character trait, and to develop certain aspects of our lives. The mitzvot of the holiday are tools to help us achieve the goal of the time.

Often, the key to discovering this focus is found in the prayers. The Siddur (prayer book) refers to Sukkot as Zman Simchateinu, "the Time of