Michele Alperin

Michele Alperin is a freelance writer in Princeton, New Jersey. She has a masters degree in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Articles by Michele Alperin

3 Special Shabbats to Get You in the Mood for Passover

Shabbat Parah, Shabbat HaHodesh and Shabbat HaGadol.

The Red Heifer

A purification ritual using the ashes of a cow.

Next Year in Jerusalem

Understanding the familiar phrase in light of modern realities

Conditional Divorce

The husband may grant a conditional divorce if he expects to be in mortal danger.

Is Bar/Bat Mitzvah a Communal or Personal Rite?

The bar/bat mitzvah service now focuses on the child as individual, but the synagogue community should not suffer.

How the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child Participates in the Service

The defining moment of the ceremony is the child's first aliyah, but children may also play additional roles in the service.

How Many Jewish New Years?

In ancient times there were four new years on the Jewish calendar.

How Rosh Hashanah Became New Year’s Day

In the Torah, the beginning of the year was clearly set in the spring. So what happened?

Why Were the Rabbis So Uncomfortable With the Maccabees?

At Hanukkah, shifting the focus from militarism to miracles.

The Maccabees: Heroes or Fanatics?

The Maccabees triumphed over the Syrian Greeks and liberated the Temple, but their legacy is not so clear.