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Dear Readers,

And you shall take for yourselves . . . the splendid fruit of a tree, fronds of dates, the branch of the thick-leafed tree and aravot of the river . . .

On Sukkot, we make a blessing on the Four Kinds. Each one is so noticeably different; the tall, thin lulav, surrounded by leafy branches, opposite the round, robust etrog.

The midrash explains that the etrog, with its...

Our physical abodes, our material armaments, are just but a mirage. Inside the sukkah, as we look beyond the branches above us, we understand that only G-d is sheltering us. He is our shield.
— 7 Paradoxes About the Sukkah
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Sharpie Dried Out?

Restore a dried-out sharpie by filling a shallow dish with rubbing alcohol and letting the tip of your sharpie bathe in there for a few minutes. Put the cap back on and it will be revived in about an hour.

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