Jewish Holidays

Selichot: A Spiritual Warm-Up for the High Holy Days

Selichot: A Spiritual Warm-Up for the High Holy Days Selichot: A Spiritual Warm-Up for the High Holy Days Aug 15, 2018|Rabbi Jared H. Saks Rabbi Jared H. Saks serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland, ME. He is an enthusiastic, energetic, and compassionate individual who inspires others to embrace the best in ourselves and see the Divine spark in others. He lives in Portland, ME, with his husband, Kirk, their 2-year-old son, and their dog.

How to Focus on "Heart Health" this Holiday Season

How to Focus on "Heart Health" this Holiday Season How to Focus on "Heart Health" this Holiday Season Aug 13, 2018|Rabbi Sharon G. Forman Rabbi Sharon G. Forman was raised in Norfolk, VA, and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1994. She works in the field of Jewish education, and has served as a b’nai mitzvah teacher at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY for the last 12 years. She is the author of Honest Answers to Your Child’s Jewish Questions and The Baseball Haggadah: A Festival of Freedom and Springtime in 15 Innings, which makes the seder accessible for lovers of these two springtime rituals. Her essays on motherhood have appeared in Literary Mama, Mamalode, Mothers Always Write, The Bitter Southerner, Kveller, Parent.co, and ReformJudaism.org. She resides in Westchester County, NY, with her husband and three children.

Take Time to Look at the Sky: Sage Advice for Summer Shabbats

Take Time to Look at the Sky: Sage Advice for Summer Shabbats Take Time to Look at the Sky: Sage Advice for Summer Shabbats Aug 02, 2018|Rabbi Rick Schechter Rabbi Rick Schechter is the spiritual leader of Temple Sinai of Glendale in Glendale, CA. He has studied the field of positive psychology extensively since 2003, completed 240 hours of training and certification in applied positive psychology, and teaches classes in Judaism and positive psychology for adults and teens.

What Can We Learn From the Juxtaposition of Joy and Sorrow?

What Can We Learn From the Juxtaposition of Joy and Sorrow? What Can We Learn From the Juxtaposition of Joy and Sorrow? Jul 25, 2018|Rabbi Joel Mosbacher Rabbi Joel Mosbacher is the senior rabbi of Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, N.Y.

After This Tishah B'Av, I Am Sick with Sorrow and Sadness

After This Tishah B'Av, I Am Sick with Sorrow and Sadness After This Tishah B'Av, I Am Sick with Sorrow and Sadness Jul 24, 2018|Alden Solovy Alden Solovy is a liturgist, poet, and teacher. His teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem to Limmud UK and synagogues throughout the U.S. Before making aliyah to Israel in 2012, Alden was a member of Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL, and a regular participant in worship at B'nai Jeshoshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL. He’s the author of Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing. His writing also appears in several CCAR Press books, including the newly published anthology of his work, This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day.

All of Life's Ninths of Av

All of Life's Ninths of Av All of Life's Ninths of Av Jul 19, 2018|Rabbi Billy Dreskin Rabbi Billy Dreskin is a rabbi at Woodlands Community Temple near White Plains, New York. His writings are online at his personal website and at The Jonah Maccabee Foundation.

The Exile of Tishah B’Av: What Is It We're Mourning?

The Exile of Tishah B’Av: What Is It We're Mourning? The Exile of Tishah B’Av: What Is It We're Mourning? Jul 18, 2018|Rabbi Neal Gold Rabbi Neal Gold is a teacher, writer, and scholar based in Massachusetts. Email Rabbi Gold or visit his website.  

My Friends and I Were Attacked at the Kotel

My Friends and I Were Attacked at the Kotel My Friends and I Were Attacked at the Kotel Jul 18, 2018|Emanuel Chayyim Colón Emanuel Chayyim Colón is a member of Temple Emanuel Sinai in Worcester, MA, and a student at Worcester State University. He served as a college ambassador at the 2017 Union for Judaism Biennial and was a speaker at the Worcester March For Our Lives rally.

Countdown to Tishah B'Av: A Primer on the Three Weeks

Countdown to Tishah B'Av: A Primer on the Three Weeks Countdown to Tishah B'Av: A Primer on the Three Weeks Jul 04, 2018|Rabbi Ruth Adar Rabbi Ruth Adar is passionate about making the wisdom of Judaism accessible to beginners from all backgrounds through teaching and home hospitality. She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. in religious studies from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Adar blogs at Coffee Shop Rabbi.

How to Increase the Divine Presence in the World

How to Increase the Divine Presence in the World How to Increase the Divine Presence in the World Jun 11, 2018|Rabbi Loren Sykes Rabbi Loren Sykes lives in Jerusalem, Israel, where he is the principal of URJ Heller High.