King David – A Model for Teshuva Sourcesheet (pdf) King David – A Model for Teshuva E-Shiur (pdf) The human condition presents us with a tremendous dilemma. We all sin and, as a result, suffer from the taint these sins cause. How can we regain human dignity? The Midrash chose a very unlikely exemplar to […]
Simhat Torah is a “recent” holiday, if it should be considered a separate holiday at all.
Written with Rabbi Gail Diamond, Associate Director Slichot 13 Midot Sourcesheet (pdf) Slichot 13 Midot E-shiur (pdf) The section known as “God’s 13 Attributes (midot)”, from Exodus 34:6-7, forms the heart of the Slichot (Forgiveness) prayers of the High Holiday season. Along with Birkhat Kohanim and Kriat Shma, it, as Torah verse, is amongst the […]
The Goats of Yom Kippur Sourcesheet (pdf) The Goats of Yom Kippur E-Shiur (pdf) The Biblical Holiday – Purity and Goats Unlike Rosh Hashanah, which receives minimal mention in the Torah, Yom Kippur is dealt with at length. Leviticus 16 describes the annual Yom Kippur ritual, centered on a series of sacrifices and sprinklings of blood on […]
As we rush back to our daily routines following the majestic two day Rosh Hashanah, it is easy to overlook the third day of Tishrei, Tzom Gedaliah, a minor fast. When the First Temple was destroyed, in 586 BCE, a remnant of Jews was left in the land, and the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar appointed Gedaliah […]
The holidays of Tishrei are all rooted in that story of creation, covenant, slavery and redemption.