Lesli Koppelman Ross

Shavuot in Medieval Times

Historical events and the development of mysticism leave their mark on this festival.

The Fast of Esther

The fast that precedes the holiday of Purim.

The Fast of the First Born

This pre-Passover fast applies to a select few.

Shabbat Hazon & Shabbat Nahamu

The Sabbaths before and after Tisha B'Av provide a message of comfort and consolation.

How the Holocaust Challenged Faith

This singular event presented profound theological challenges--and for some, shattered their belief in God.

Finding Meaning After the Holocaust

Responding to the challenge of faith in a post-Holocaust world.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Liturgy

Religious observance of Yom Ha'atzmaut draw on a variety of Jewish customs.

Shavuot in Modern Times

New ceremonies and rituals are introduced.

Special Challot

The bread traditionally associated with Shabbat may look different on Shavuot.

Shavuot Hymns

The focus is on the Jew's relationship with God and fulfilling God's commandments.