COVID, Sukkot Highlight Our Struggle With Vulnerability

By Lisa Septimus Sukkot was less than a week away, and we still didn’t have decisions on some possible programs. “It’s too early to make a decision,” said one shul...

Simple Nusach for Challenging Times: Conversation With Cantor Mayer Davis

  The Gemara in Berachos (daf 5) states, “Rebbe Chanina ben Dosa said: ‘If my prayer is uttered with fluency it is a sign that it was accepted.’” He was referring...

Can We Bring the Korban Pesach This Year?

An Analysis by Rabbi Yair Hoffman This week, three girls in Israel were detained by the Israel Police. The girls are activists of the Return to the Mount (Chozrim LaHar)...

Back to Basics: Our Preoccupation with Chametz

By Rabbi Tuvia Teldon The Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt is a defining moment in the birth of our nation, and every part of the Torah’s description of...

Hop and Happy Mess: Falling in Love With Sukkot

For Yael Michaely, her husband Boaz, and their three young children, feeling at home in their new country began in earnest one autumn evening in 2004. For these Israelis recently...

Israelis Sing ‘Hatikvah’ on Balconies at End of Memorial Day Ceremony

At the end of Monday night’s nationally-televised Memorial Day ceremony, many Israelis across the country went on to their balconies or porches and sang the national anthem, “Hatikvah.” The annual...

Chaim Bruk: A Letter to My Youngest

Dear Chana Laya, Although you’re only two years old, I am taking a few minutes during this most hectic Erev Pesach to put pen to paper to share with you...

Not So Squeaky Clean at the Car Wash

  By Yochanan Gordon Pesach is a universal yom tov. There is a role for everyone in preparation for it. While cleaning is the call of the hour, I have this...

New Beginnings: Wines to Celebrate a Fresh Start

  By Gabriel Geller Kedem/Royal Wine Every Rosh Hashanah, we reflect on the year that passed and look forward to the year to come. We start a new chapter, not only in...

Purim: Ecological Wine and Kilei HaKerem, Part I

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute Purim is fast approaching, with wine featuring prominently. A salient theme in the Megillah is banquets and wine-drinking. There is also a mitzvah to...
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