Sukkot: Measuring the Years

Sukkot is the strangest holiday we have, and it has the strangest rituals. It’s one thing to sit around the table and eat and sing (like we do on every holiday). It’s quite another thing to build a shack in the back yard and wave around a bunch of plants in all directions.  What’s thatContinue reading “Sukkot: Measuring the Years”

Information Overload: Is Shabbat the Solution?

These days, we spend our lives connected to information,  and connected electronically to the world. At any moment of the day, you can find out the answer to almost any question; and at any moment of the day, others can reach you – through email, phone, online social networking, etc. This kind of access –Continue reading “Information Overload: Is Shabbat the Solution?”

Mai Chanukah: A Text Study and Food for Thought

Just for fun, a text study with discussion questions on Talmud Shabbat 21b, the page of the Talmud that discusses the laws of Chanukah. Commentary by Rabbi Micah Streiffer ( Our Rabbis taught: The law of Chanukah requires that every each person should light one lamp for himself and his household. (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 21b)Continue reading “Mai Chanukah: A Text Study and Food for Thought”