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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  ( has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.


One aspect of having a successful Yom Kippur is based on our ability to forgive and forget. With that in mind, I share with you two articles. One addresses the importance of forgetting and the other addresses the importance of forgiving. Once we have hopefully managed to forgive and forget, we are then ready to experience Sukkot, which is called “z’man simchateinu” – “our time of happiness”. For many people though, happiness isn’t so easy to achieve. Therefore, I share with you two articles that can help us better understand the dynamics of happiness and possibly enable us to be happier people. 

Blog #1: “Jewish high holidays: Forgetting is the key to forgiveness,” by Stewart Weiss, originally published on the Jerusalem Post

Blog #2: “Yom Kippur: Finding forgiveness in an unforgiving society,” by Sherwin Pomerantz, originally published on the Jerusalem Post 

Blog #3: “The Difference between Success and Happiness,” by Rabbi Benjamin Blech, originally published on

Blog #4: “Sukkot and the Secret of Happiness” by Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, originally published on