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...
To Shabbat Or Not
Posted on 06/01/2017 by Deb Morbeto in Holidays
Other than the occasional cold or minor family emergency I never miss a Saturday morning Shabbat service. A few months ago I found myself in a bit of a conundrum. There was a political event in DC coming up I...
The Mutation of Antisemitism
Posted on 04/23/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Right after Pesach ends, Israel enters into the "Yoms" - Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Rememberance Day), Yom Hazikaron (Israel's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror), Yom HaAtzmaut...
What Jews Are Here To Teach The World
Posted on 04/09/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Last night, I realized that the rabbi who gave a Torah class I had just attended and the rabbi who wrote a new book about Passover I was just reading, were making the same point.At the beginning of his book...
10 Tips for a More Experiential Seder
Posted on 04/05/2017 by Tali Frank Horwitz in Holidays
by Tali Frank Horwitz I had an amazing, experiential seder 25 years ago. I was a guest for a second seder. I was cautioned ahead of time they “do it differently”. I thought, “Cool, how...
Why Chanukah Isn't About What You Think It's About
Posted on 12/27/2016 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
There are many misconceptions regarding the holiday of Chanukah. One is that it is essentially a celebration of a victory in a war of independence which the Maccabees fought to free the Jewish People from...
Can Jews Have A Merry Christmas?
Posted on 12/05/2016 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
When my oldest daughter was about 3 or 4, she started noticing the sparkly Christmas decorations. One December day, we were shopping in a Big Box store and there, at child’s eye-level, was a singing,...
A Brutally Honest Guide to Preparing for Rosh Hashana
Posted on 09/28/2016 by Reesa Stone in Holidays
by Reesa Stone Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.- Oprah WinfreyThe Hebrew month of Elul is almost over and the month of Tishrei is upon us. Like all Hebrew months, the name Elul...
Repenting for What You Thought Was Right
Posted on 09/26/2016 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
Maimonides (Hilchot Teshuva 1:1) states that in the personal and private confession of a person -- necessarily instrumental in describing and reporting on the repentance process - the individual must first...