Richard Siegel

Richard Siegel is the Interim Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR. He worked for 28 years at the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the last 16 as Executive Director.


Articles by Richard Siegel

Lulav and Etrog Symbolism

Traditional interpretations of what the four species represent.

Types of Matzah

Traditional Jews refrain from using certain types of matzah at the seder.

Matzah Baking, an 18-Minute Project

Do it yourself, or learn about this intense process.

How To Make A Shofar

Step-by-step instructions, materials not included.

How To Make Your Own Gragger

Instructions for constructing a Purim noisemaker

How to Light Shabbat Candles

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

Friday Night at Home

The traditional Shabbat evening rituals are best shared with family and friends.

How to Build a Sukkah

Instructions for the do-it-yourselfer.

How to Wave the Lulav and Etrog on Sukkot

A guide to the Festival of Booth's four species, including their rituals and blessings.

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.