Tishrei is about the journey, rather than getting to the finish line.
Simchas Torah would have to pass us by; we were not emotionally ready for the joy, the songs, the ecstatic dancing. But how could we deprive our children of this special yom tov?
There is no time like the holidays for pulling out all the stops. That said, with fancier food and additional guests, serving beautiful meals can be expensive. What budget-friendly menu choices are available that don’t sacrifice taste or quality?
I wanted to make my extended time in our family home over Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah memorable. I didn’t realize how memorable Nature would make the chagim.