From Our Rabbis

Counting the Omer: A Time of Hope and Mourning

By Rabbi Renée Bauer

We often count our days. We count down the days until we are fully vaccinated, until the new president takes office, until the clocks change, and the days are longer. This type of countdown has been one way that many of us have coped with the seemingly endless, similar…

The Omer: Finding Balance As Count

By Rabbi Judy Greenberg

In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, we count the Omer. In ancient times, this period marked the beginning of the barley harvest. Jews would bring an offering of their first harvest of barley to the Temple in Jerusalem. The Torah tells us, “You shall count fr…

Make Yom HaShoah A Part of Your Family's Jewish Tradition

By Rabbi Andrea Steinberger

One of my earliest Jewish memories is of me, dressed in a pink seersucker skirt and white top, lighting one of the six memorial candles at our local community's Yom HaShoah observance in Cincinnati, Ohio. I was probably about eight years old. I also remember it b…

Another Pandemic Passover

By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

As I prepare for Passover, it’s hard to muster the energy for another Zoom seder. We have marked the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.

My memories of last March, just before most institutions shut down, are still vivid. On Monday, March 9, the Madison Jewish…

The Lessons We Learn from the Haggadah

By Rabbi Yona Matusof

I would like to share some thoughts on the Haggadah.

We start the Haggadah with the passage, “This is the bread of affliction . . . whoever is hungry, let him come and eat; whoever is in need, let him come and conduct the Seder of Passover.” Yet there is no potent…