Knowing and Not Knowing: Celebrating the Expansiveness of Torah

Originally published in 2021 Today, I remember. I remember vividly the all-consuming sadness I felt last Purim, as the sun was setting and my celebratory seudah was ending, the last event I attended with a large Jewish community. I remember feeling overcome with the intuitive sense that it would be a long, long time before I would daven with a...[ read more ]

Weekly Torah Portion: Passover Learning

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Celebrating a Full Torah Cycle

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The High Holidays Are about Joy


When The Holidays Are Hard

Why are the holidays hard? It’s Elul. Everyone around you is talking about their Rosh Hashanah plans, maybe going home to family, maybe gathering with friends. Perhaps you are someone for whom the holidays carry a lot of heaviness—and not because of their themes or liturgy but because you aren’t having the traditional family experience. You may wonder if there’s even a place...[ read more ]

The Seder: Preparation or Remembrance

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“Know Who Your Guests Are Going to Be!”


Acts of Ahavat Chinam—Baseless Love

Today is Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, the head of the new month of Tammuz. As Tammuz enters, many in the Jewish community begin turning our hearts and souls to the Three Weeks—ben HaMetzarim—the time of profound national mourning for the Jewish people, culminating on the 9th of Av with a full day of mourning over the destruction of the Temples in...[ read more ]

Receiving Torah on Shavuot—What and How

Introduction: Shavuot is the second of the three major pilgrimage festivals. Originally a harvest festival, it was the time when our ancestors would aliyah l’regel—literally “go up on foot”—to make an offering of their first fruits in the Temple in Jerusalem. After the Temple’s destruction, when bringing first fruits was no longer possible, rabbinic Judaism was compelled to transform Shavuot...[ read more ]


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