Hanukkah celebrates the miraculous military and spiritual victory orchestrated by a handful of poorly trained and inadequately equipped Hasmonean fighters over the superior Seleucid (Greek) forces of Antiochus IV. The Jewish leader, Judah Maccabee, son of Mathias, had risen in opposition to the Hellenic kulturkampf that had been waged against his people. He led his... Read more »
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” Herman Hesse Yom Kippur, the most serious day of the Jewish calendar, is nearly upon us. As in the past, we will go to shul on erev Yom Kippur to make our final preparations for the awesome day. Printed in the machzor is a tefillah (prayer) that I must

This past Sunday I traveled to Phoenix in order to present at a national conference for school business officials. When my teenagers found out where I was going, my trip quickly took on new meaning. To them, the conference was really only a means to a loftier purpose, which was to shop at a local clearance store called Last Chance.
Anyone who has experienced yiddishkeit in its truest form knows that it is the totality of our religion, more so than its individual components, which makes it so special. Sure, there might be some particular components which serve as its hallmarks, such as shemiras