The Power of Ritual / Spring Yizkor Service

This week’s parsha, Tzav, presents the various sacrifices detailed to the Israelites last week in Vayikra, but this time the focus of the presentation is the priests. It reads like a how-to ritual manual: What priests must wear, how to prepare each type of offering (down to the smallest detail), and the specifics of priestly consecration and … Continue reading The Power of Ritual / Spring Yizkor Service

What is the Connection Between Vuvuzelas and the High Holidays? …and high holiday registration…

Approximately 2000 years ago, after the destruction of the second Temple, Judaism traded animal sacrifice for prayer in one of its most significant adaptations over the millenia. By making this considerable change to its worship rituals, Judaism thus survived.  Today, we are living in a time when we must make significant changes to our current … Continue reading What is the Connection Between Vuvuzelas and the High Holidays? …and high holiday registration…

Seder in the Time of Coronavirus – Resources

Why is this Night Different from all other Nights? Oh, please. Don't get me started.Okay, get me started....Due to the current plague [oh, the irony], many of us of are planning to connect via technology for our seders this year. This is an unprecedented situation in our modern world, where an actual plague is rendering … Continue reading Seder in the Time of Coronavirus – Resources

Endless Blessings – Toldot and Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving week's Torah portion, Tol’dot, begins with the birth of Jacob and Esau (though not in that order), continues with the tale of jealousy between the brothers, and ends with the deception of Isaac by Jacob. It contains the destructive themes of competition and jealousy between siblings, favoritism by parents, and deception among family … Continue reading Endless Blessings – Toldot and Thanksgiving