Shavuot – The Forgotten Holiday

For the PDF version click HERE Years ago, a Reform Rabbi friend of mine, bemoaned that “Shavu’ot is the forgotten holiday of the Reform Movement”, because it is only one day, usually falls in the middle of the week and has nothing tangible to “capture” people’s...

The Psychology of the Seder

Judaism is a family based religion. Long before the invention of organized education systems, we had already perfected the method of familial traditions, passing from father to son. First and foremost, the obligation of passing our tradition from generation to...

Sukkot and its Pagan-like customs

  I’ve grown accustomed to hearing, year after year, that “Sukkot is the hardest holiday to explain to outsiders”, or the o-so-popular “if a non Jew saw us shaking our Lulavim he’d think we were all pagans”. A popular answer is the standard default of “yes, it...

The Secret of the Atonement of Yom Hakippurim

“Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi says: For all transgressions in the Torah, whether one repented or did not repent, Yom Kippur atones” (Yoma 85b) According to Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi (Rebbi), Yom Ha-Kippurim atones for all sins in the Torah, both positive and negative, regardless of...