The Timeliness of Sukkot

The Timeliness of Sukkot

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) could not have come at a better time! Many people are sad, ill, or mourning the loss of their loved ones and/or financials due to COVID-19. Sukkot is like medicine for our world at this time, because it is a time of rejoicing. In Jewish...
Reflecting on Tashlich

Reflecting on Tashlich

Tashlich is the ceremony in which Jews customarily recite penitential prayers and psalms, and cast crumbs into a flowing body of water to symbolically demonstrate the casting away of their sins as mentioned by the prophet Micah, “…and cast (tashlich) into the...
Isaac and Yom Kippur

Isaac and Yom Kippur

“Yom Kippur shall be a holy convocation to you . . .  .” On this day the shofar is sounded, a sober reminder of the ram that was caught in the thicket and slaughtered instead of Isaac. It was Isaac who inquired of his father Abraham, when ascending the mount...
The Heart of Fasting, Part 2

The Heart of Fasting, Part 2

This is the second article in a two-part series. For the first installment, click here. A promise remains for those in Israel who are privileged and heed God’s call to share what they have with those who are in great need. Isaiah 58:8-10 states, 8 Then shall your...
The Heart of Fasting, Part 1

The Heart of Fasting, Part 1

Yom Kippur is a day of repentance and atonement in which we express our humility and deference to God by going without anything to eat or drink. Since fasting can be quite difficult, in the days leading up to Yom Kippur Jews traditionally wish each other “an easy...
Blowing the Shofar

Blowing the Shofar

Rabbi Vered Hillel shares videos demonstrating various aspects of the shofar blasts we blow on Rosh Hashanah. This is my favorite video because not only is the cantor blowing the shofar very well, but it includes all 100 blasts of the shofar as they are in the Rosh...

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