Lesli Koppelman Ross

Shavuot in Medieval Times

Historical events and the development of mysticism leave their mark on this festival.

Tashlich, the Symbolic Casting Off of Sins

A Rosh Hashanah ritual for the whole family.

The Fast of Esther

The fast that precedes the holiday of Purim.

The Fast of the First Born

This pre-Passover fast applies to a select few.

Kinot for Tisha B’Av

The liturgy for the 9th of Av includes Lamentations and special additional elegies.

Shabbat Hazon & Shabbat Nahamu

The Sabbaths before and after Tisha B'Av provide a message of comfort and consolation.

Grief & Opportunity

The mourning associated with Tisha B'Av is also a call to action.

The Importance of Remembering

The best way to honor the memory of Holocaust victims is through Jewish continuity.

How the Holocaust Challenged Faith

This singular event presented profound theological challenges--and for some, shattered their belief in God.

Finding Meaning After the Holocaust

Responding to the challenge of faith in a post-Holocaust world.