Today concludes our High Holy Days. Over the generations, some of our rabbis have taught that on Yom Kippur one’s fate is sealed as to whether you are inscribed into the Book of Life or not. Others teach that one has until the end of Sukkot to offer amends. And for still others, one may have until Chanukah. No matter. For me, the question is not when the Book of Life is closed for us; rather, it is the curious proximity of two Yizkor services in our High Holy Days observances.
For those who were with us in the afternoon of Yom Kippur and its memorial Yizkor, have you ever wondered why our tradition provides a second Yizkor observance less than two weeks later? I do have an answer of my own, but for today I would just like to speak about what is special about today.More
This Shabbat is the “Shabbat of Prophetic Vision” and comes a few days before the 9th of Av, which is associated with the most devastating calamities that the Jewish people have faced throughout time – the most recognizable of these disasters are the destruction of the first Temple by the Babylonians and the second Temple […]
When Marcia and I were in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, we would take a half mile walk outside with my sister to a local coffee shop. We did this a few times. I don’t think any of us really needed the coffee mocha. We just wanted to walk and talk and stroll through […]
Today is the first of Nisan, reminding us that Passover is just two weeks away. There has been talk online that, on Passover night, many will refer to COVID-19 as a plague equivalent to the ten disasters God inflicted on Egypt, including swarms of locusts, hordes of frogs, a scourge of boils, pestilence of livestock, […]
Delivered by Julia Berg, Rabbinic Student, on January 31, 2020 You want to know what stresses me out? Deli menus. There’s no way I’m alone in this. Delis are amazing, don’t get me wrong. I do love delis. They’re some of the few places that know just how amazing French toast is when made with […]