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.

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.

A High Holiday Meditation

Facing the music on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

A History of Purim

How this festival became a time for merriment and satire.

The Story of the Book of Ruth

An analysis of the book read on Shavuot.

Praying for the Welfare of the State of Israel

While following a tradition of praying for the government, this prayer has some significant differences.