April 7, 2014 3:01pm
The end of the Haggadah, with the promise to arrive “next year in Jerusalem,” is just as ripe for exploration as the beginning.
November 20, 2013 4:49pm
How the specialness of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving can enhance the revelry of both holidays.
August 27, 2013 12:29pm
Cultivating a relationship with God comes easy for children, and they can teach adults — if we only slow down to listen, writes JTA contributing writer Dasee Berkowitz.
March 11, 2013 2:15pm
One of the lessons of Passover is that only within boundaries and structure can we experience true freedom, Dasee Berkowitz writes.
February 11, 2013 7:08pm
Purim is a holiday that isn’t ripe with laws and ritual obligations, but the Scroll of Esther offers a directive for observance that is clear: Jews should make the days “of feasting and joy.”
November 30, 2012 7:14pm
Overcoming our most natural desires and exercising personal restraint is a kind of heroism. At Chanukah, the suggestion here is to dedicate each night to this kind of everyday courage.
September 8, 2012 7:46pm
At Yom Kippur, a reflection on being more conscious of our words, their intrinsic holiness and their powerful potential to create a better world.
May 15, 2012 7:08pm
If we study the Torah the way a child plays with a toy — repeatedly and open to the possibility of discovering something remarkable — then perhaps we can discover something remarkable.
March 28, 2012 6:00pm
The seder experience requires us to be engaged storytellers, not passive participants. After all, the Haggadah states, “all who expound upon the Passover story shall be praised.”
December 12, 2011 5:22pm
Chanukah means dedication, so it’s a great time to do a little rededication of our Jewish lives. Classic and contemporary Chanukah music can help.