Rabbi Michael Strassfeld

Michael Strassfeld is the rabbi of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Manhattan, co-author of <i>The First Jewish Catalog</i>, <i>The Second Jewish Catalog</i>, <i>A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah</i>, and author of <i>The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary</i>.

Articles by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld

Beyond the Three Weeks

The month of Av brings with it forgiveness similar to the experience of Yom Kippur.

When Friendship Sours: Vengeance & Bearing a Grudge

Jewish Vengeance and Grudges with Friends. Jewish Friendship. Jewish Friends. Jewish Relationship.

Inner Beauty, Outward Beauty, and Health

Judaism recognizes the primacy of an inner beauty, but we are nonetheless called upon to care for our bodies and not discouraged from tending to our appearance.

How To Make A Shofar

Step-by-step instructions, materials not included.

How to Light Shabbat Candles

What you need to know about this ritual welcoming the Sabbath.

Brit Milah (Bris): Some Laws and Customs

10 things to know about--and think about--when planning a brit milah ceremony.

Bringing The Cycle To An End

The end of the fall holiday season looks forward to redemption.

Exile And Redemption

The Sukkah shelters a messianic ideal.

How to Buy a Lulav and Etrog

What to look for, how to care for them and — and what to do with them when Sukkot is over.

How to Build a Sukkah

Instructions for the do-it-yourselfer.