From Our Rabbis

Sukkot, Housing, and Joy

By Rabbi Renée Bauer

Sukkot is a holiday that reminds us of the impermanence of the structures in which we live and, most profoundly, of our very lives. Most of us who are reading this article live in a house or an apartment with a sturdy foundation and strong walls to keep out the weather…

5783 - A Year of Hakhel - Gathering of the Jewish People

By Rabbi Yona Matusof

This year - 5783 - is a year of Hakhel - the special Mitzvah which was observed once in seven years, requiring the gathering of the Jewish people, in the Beth Hamikdosh (Holy Temple), for the purpose of strengthening and stimulating them in their adherence to Torah an…

Rosh Hashanah, Voting Rights, and Reproductive Justice

By Rabbi Bonnie Margulis

Shanah Tovah!

We are in a time of great turmoil in our country today, politically and socially. The High Holy Day season overlaps with an election season that is more fraught and intense than any other election in recent memory. I believe we can gain strength and i…

As the Days of Awe Approach

By Rabbi Jonathan Biatch and Cantor Jacob Niemi

“And now, write down for yourselves this elegy: teach it to the people of Israel; place it in their mouths; in order that this song become a witness against the people of Israel” (Deuteronomy 31:19).

In this concluding scene from the Tora…

A Time of Growth, Renewal, and Blessing

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

As the weather grows cooler and the moon gets smaller each night, we turn our attention to Rosh Hashanah. These days call out to us with the promise of change. This is a time to open our hearts. This is a time when we commit to becoming the people we aspire to be. Thi…