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Chinese Lanterns In The Sukkah

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And when we all look up at the stars through the s’chach, wherever our future journeys take us, we will now also look for the moon.

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  1. Susan Blumberg-Kason says:

    Lovely article! I love the life you're giving your kids.

  2. Ellen Scolnic says:

    beautiful!

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