September 3, 2014 12:25pm
The metaphor of God counting our deeds in the book of life during the High Holidays enables us to make our lives count, Dasee Berkowitz writes.
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.”