Counting the Jewish Years

How the Jewish year is numbered.

Avodah Service

Recounting Yom Kippur traditions from the Temple period.

What Happens in Synagogue on Simchat Torah

Special ceremonies for ending and beginning the Torah cycle.

What is Shemini Atzeret?

Not quite Sukkot, not quite its own holiday.

Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

External texts from the Second Temple period.

Bring Your Own Books

Seven things to read in shul on the High Holidays.

Shavuot Activities for Kids

A revelation they'll beg for year after year.

Sukkot for Families

Creative tips for the happiest time of the year.

Vashti and Esther: A Feminist Perspective

The relationship between the two Persian queens is integral to understanding the Purim story.

Rosh Hashanah Customs

How to celebrate the Jewish New Year at home.

The Shofar as Prayer

Lessons from tradition about the meaning of the ram's horn blown on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

A High Holiday Meditation

Facing the music on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.