One of the defining aspects of the Sefirah period is the expression of mourning in commemoration of the death of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students during the early-second century CE. The Gemara (Yevamos 62b) states that all of these great men died between Pesach and

For many of us, the immediate, desperate reaction from Jews worldwide in the aftermath of Pesach was Cookie Monster-esque. After eight days (not including pre-Pesach) of going leaven-free, the appeal of “chametz!” was most enticing. (Not sure if anyone broke into the “C is for

For our recent family road trip, my wife and I went with our children for two days of sightseeing in nearby cities. In total, we spent around ten hours in the car, mostly on six-lane highways and predominantly at night, with little roadside scenery to take in. This gave me, the sole driver, plenty