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May 30, 2013

From the second night of Pesach (Passover) to Shavuot, the next festival, there are exactly fifty days, seven full weeks linked by a ritual called S’firat ha-Omer, Counting the Omer (named for an offering brought to the priests as the Temple in Jerusalem at this time of year). In a sense, then, Pesach is not CONTINUE »

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May 30, 2013

On Shavuot, we celebrate being given the Five Books of Moses by opening the gift and reading from the scroll. But first we need to find the place. How do we find our place in the Torah?CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Part of the joy of living in Israel as opposed to visiting for a short break is that it affords one the opportunity to spend weekends discovering Israel’s hidden gems, only unearthed through opportune conversations or chance encounters on a morning hike. Hiking through the Jerusalem hills, wooden signs adorned with an image of a CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

We are about to sit around the Seder table with our families and do what we do best, ask questions. Why is this night different from all other nights? Why do we dip twice? We encourage young and old to ask, ask, ask. Through the wisdom of our tradition, answers unfold before our eyes. It CONTINUE »