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Are you feeling a post-Yom Kippur slump? Many people are! We've just been through some major holidays, worn ourselves out, caught each other's colds and prayed until our voices hurt.

You know what Judaism recommends? More festivals!

No, really. The High Holy Days aren't over. In fact, we are now just over midway as we enter Chol Moed Sukkot - the eight days of Sukkot. Next week is Simchat Torah.

These are "zmanim simchateinu" - seasons of our joy. One mitzvah is that we should endeavour to be nothing but happy.

In fact, I think this liturgical cycle serves a useful life lesson. When you're in a slump, the best thing to do is get back up. When you're feeling down, try to find some gladness.

May we all have moadim lesimcha - times of great happiness.

Shabbat Shalom

Student Rabbi Lev