Sukkot: The Quintessential Biblical Holiday for the Nations
Posted on 10/03/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
If you’re a Jew and you’ve never heard of any of what I’m about to show you, hold on to your hat, because this will blow your mind. Until I became Torah-observant, I had never heard of the...
Why Kapparot Needs To Be Legal, By Someone Who Hates Kapparot
Posted on 09/25/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Every year right before Yom Kippur, various groups of Jews around the world practice a ritual where they swing a chicken around their head and then slaughter it, symbolically eradicating their year’s...
How Not To Do Teshuva
Posted on 09/24/2017 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
Maimonides, in his presentation of the Laws of Repentance (Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Teshuva 1:1) states that the actual mitzvah of teshuva, in requesting forgiveness from God, consists of four parts:1)...
Jewish Political Violence: Nothing New Under The Sun
Posted on 09/19/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Tucked in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the easily forgotten day of Tzom (the Fast of) Gedalia. Generally occurring the day after Rosh Hashanah, this day has been set aside to remember the...
The Target Shipping Snafu and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Posted on 09/11/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
As cleanup from Harvey continues and Irma moves across South Florida, like many, I have been trying to make meaning from these dramatic weather events happening in such close proximity to one another. If...
Struggling to Connect to the High Holidays
Posted on 09/11/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
I find the High Holidays extremely difficult to connect to. See the vast majority of Jewish holidays incorporate experiential learning into the holiday experience. On Sukkot we literally try to live outside in...
Posted on 07/27/2017 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
During these Three Weeks which we are presently experiencing on the Jewish calendar, we are not just marking the historical destruction of our Temples in Jerusalem which threw us into the tragedies of the...
Moving On From Destruction
Posted on 07/18/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
They say that history is written by the winners. This was the sentiment that I felt exactly two years ago when I was sitting under the Arch of Titus during this period known as the Three Weeks. The Three weeks...
Why I Walk to Shul: Shabbat as Mindfulness
Posted on 06/04/2017 by Rabbi Micah Streiffer in Holidays
It's raining outside today, which has me thinking about an old joke:Q: What does a bear do when it rains?A: It gets wet. Let’s contrast that to what I do when it rains:First, I check the weather with...