The Gemara says, “A person’s given name expresses his essence.” The letters of Korach’s name are an acronym for his demise.
The Jewish Year
Ruth brought something into the Jewish people that enabled King David to fight his battles – and win.
The Holiday of Shavuot is known under many different names. By elaborating on the meanings of the holiday’s different names, we can gain a better appreciation for the ideas associated with the holiday.
The letters of His speech are the source of Creation.
The countdown from Pessah to Shavuot contains us a lesson about how we become a nation of priests. Just as seeds must be sown in prepared ground, nourished and watered and weeded, so the fate of nations and individuals is contingent upon law and justice.
POETRY IN THE DAYS OF SEFIRAH The 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot are traditionally a time for introspection, recapitulating the purification which the Israelites needed to undergo after being taken out of Egypt in order to receive the Torah. It is said that in Egypt the Israelites had passed through “forty-nine gates of tumah” (uncleanness); […]
Pyramids are nice and all, but spending 3,300 years in exile is enough for anyone.
Pesach lends itself to ‘extreme’ behavior, and nowhere more so than in the kitchen, as Nesanel Yoel Safran discovers.
Helen Zegerman Schwimmer finds more than just the traditional story of the redemption from Egypt in her family haggadah.
How to conduct the Pesach Seder The Pesach Seder is often cited as the model of the quintessential educational experience as envisioned by our sages. It is interactive and stimulates all of our senses to create a profound impact on our core identities. A close look, however, reveals that the way it is currently practiced, […]