On the 9th and 10th of the month of Av in the year 70, the Roman legions in Jerusalem smashed through a fortress and into the Holy Temple and set it afire. In the aftermath, many Jews believed that Judaism itself was shattered beyond repair. Read more
The fundamental model of Tisha B'Av is a reenactment of the tragic history of ancient Judaism. Jews relive the stages of destruction of the First and Second Temples as well as the loss of Jewish sovereignty. Read more
A number of midrashim use Moses as an example of what constitutes ideal leadership. It is relevant to assess leadership in the Jewish community today in view of these midrashic descriptions. Read more
Before you tell a truth that can cause only pain, ask yourself why you should tell it. There are times when a pretty lie is preferable to an ugly truth. Read more
I used to think that there were two different mindsets when it came to living Jewishly: the experience of those living in Israel and the experience of...
On the first day of "The History of the Jews in Eastern Europe," my college professor explained the tension between our family stories—our oral histor...
Annual Cycle: Numbers 33:1 - 36:13
Triennial Cycle: Numbers 33:1 - 33:49