The Jewish View

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Sukkot
BY Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
October 9, 2014

This magnificent three-week festival period — Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot — may be viewed and experienced in two dimensions simultaneously: the universalist, nationalist dimension and the particularistic, individual family dimension. Rosh Hashanah is the day on which the world was born, when the sigh-sob truah sound of the shofar cries out against the tragedies CONTINUE »

Yom Kippur
BY Rabbi Moshe Margolese
October 2, 2014

Yom Kippur is one of the most observed days in Jewish culture. The power of the day is awesome. The reality of its importance is known. The stir of thoughts and emotions leading up to it help us create the awareness of the day. One of the most central principles to Yom Kippur is asking CONTINUE »

Parshat Ha’azinu
BY Rabbi Shira Milgrom
September 29, 2014

I’ve always thought it curious that it is customary on the holiday of Shavuot to eat foods made of sweet dairy — cheese blintzes, cheesecake and so on. In all my childhood and adult years, I never heard a reason for this that made sense. One year, in my reading of this week’s parshah, an CONTINUE »

Parshat Ki Tavo
BY Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
September 11, 2014

It was the kind of thing you would hear from old men: “Things just ain’t the way they used to be.” “This new generation is going to hell in a hand basket.” “I remember when things were different and better, back in the good old days!” Now that I am becoming a bit older myself, CONTINUE »

Parshat Ki Tetze
BY Rabbi Shira Milgrom
September 4, 2014

The last paragraph of Ki Tetze is the maftir reading in non-Reform congregations on the Shabbat before Purim. Its opening word, zachor, remember, names that Shabbat. “Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey after you left Egypt — how, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the march, when you were CONTINUE »