Rabbi Paul Steinberg

Paul Steinberg is a rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California and is the Head of the Etz Chaim Hebrew School. He previously served as the Rabbi and Director of Jewish Studies and Hebrew at Levine Academy: A Solomon Schechter School in Dallas, Texas.


Articles by Rabbi Paul Steinberg

Why Jews Read Torah on a Yearly Cycle

The history of the weekly portion — and the different schedules on which it's done.

The Final Hours Before Rosh Hashanah

Customs for the day and evening before the Jewish New Year.

How to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

During the month of Elul, prayers to say and vows to renounce.

Why is Hanukkah Eight Nights?

The reasons this holiday lasts so long.

Antiochus the Madman

An in-depth view of the Greco-Syrian emperor in the story of Hanukkah.

How Long Have Jews Been Celebrating Hanukkah?

Hanukkah does not appear in the Hebrew Bible. Where does it come from then?

Intermarriage and Purim

Why was Esther willing to marry a non-Jew?

Why Some Jews Celebrate Purim One Day Later

Shushan Purim is the day when residents of walled cities, like Jerusalem, observe the holiday.

What Happens in Synagogue on Simchat Torah

Special ceremonies for ending and beginning the Torah cycle.

Erev (Night Of) Yom Kippur

Preparatory customs and practices associated with the day preceding the Day of Atonement.