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THE MORNING AFTER

by Benyamin Cohen    
Torah from Dixie Staff Writer    

There is a little known Jewish festival that gets lost in the whirlwind of the power-packed Jewish calendar. After each of the three major festivals (Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot), we observe a day called Isru Chag. Isru Chag does not have any special rituals or mitzvot.

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There is a little known Jewish festival that gets lost in the whirlwind of the power-packed Jewish calendar. After each of the three major festivals (Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot), we observe a day called Isru Chag. Isru Chag does not have any special rituals or mitzvot. Even in the prayer services, only one small change is made, making it nearly impossible to notice the uniqueness of the day. Simply put, Isru Chag serves as a bridge from the holy, spiritually elated festival to the mundane weekday, our daily routine. It enables us to transfer the lessons we learned during the festival into our everyday lives. We need to be aware of the Divine specialness of the previous festival, of the spiritual euphoria which we hopefully felt, and inculcate those feelings into our inner consciousness. On Sukkot, for example, we feel very close to Hashem when we eat and live within the confines of our sukkah. Isru Chag is like the gift shop at the end of a museum tour -- in a sense, we need to buy some postcards with which to remember our stay. That way, we can take with us those feelings even after the festival has left us. So next Monday, the day after Simchat Torah, let us be aware of the significance of the day. Instead of rushing back to work as if we had never left, pause for a moment to harness the feelings and emotions which we experienced during the entirety of Sukkot, and make it a day to remember.

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Benyamin Cohen is editor of Torah from Dixie.

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