From Our Rabbis

Marcheshvan: A Holy Month of No “Holy Days”

By Rabbi Betsy Forester

We have just begun the Jewish month of Cheshvan. After an intense series of holy days and the special Shabbatot during and around them, we now fall into a month completely devoid of holidays. But let us not delude ourselves about the holiness of the days of the month…

The Communal Huddle

By Rabbi Avremel Matusof

I recall when playing sports as a child, we would have random team huddles in the middle of the game. Sometimes we discussed the next play, but more often, it was about getting pumped up for the win. In the real world, militaries have parades, corporations host asso…

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…