Lesli Koppelman Ross

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

The all-nighter is an observance that developed on Shavuot.

Finding Meaning in the Omer

A time to prepare for receiving the Torah.

Shavuot Decorations

These are traditionally found both in the home and the synagogue.

Why Dairy on Shavuot?

A survey of the many explanations given for the tradition of eating milk products.

Hol Hamoed: The Intermediate Days of Passover

Although they are not full festivals, they are still holy relative to ordinary days.

Mimouna: A Post-Passover Celebration

An exuberant Sephardic custom whose origins are the subject of debate

Passover in Modern Times

The ancient Exodus continues to inspire Jews today.

Passover and Blood Libel in the Middle Ages

The joy of the holiday is overshadowed by anti-Semitic violence.

Liberating Ourselves from Narrowness

Passover teaches that is possible to free ourselves from the pressures of modern society.

What Is Matzah?

Unleavened bread is the central Passover symbol.