Of the three pilgrimage festivals, Sukkot is the most joyous and Passover the most popular, leaving Shavuot in the dark. Only ritual can save it.
Rabbi Joel Seltzer
Rabbi Joel Seltzer is the incoming director of Camp Ramah in the Poconos, a Jewish Summer Camp experience under the educational auspices of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Seltzer is a contributing blogger for Haaretz Jewish World.
Egged bus company’s Omer counter was removed after criticism that it was irrelevant to passengers. Seeing the reports, as a Diaspora Jew I begin to wonder: Can’t Israelis just get along?
Israeli and American Jews are like cousins, with a shared history, but raised in different homes. We need consistent opportunities for serious dialogue between them.
Becoming a rabbi isn't what it once was, but there is one reason why today, in 2014, it is still worth it.
When asked at the supermarket checkout if 'kosher is about killing animals humanely,’ I choked. With alleged animal abuse at Tnuva, Soglowek and Agriprocessors, I couldn’t simply say, 'Yes.’
The ASA boycott of Israel is no once-off event to wave off as ‘anti-Semitic.’ The BDS movement will be here to stay, unless we get out and fight it.
'We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end,’ the president insisted. But did we do anything to materialize his sentiment?
Pray outside, make friends, teach Hebrew and have fun. Simple, isn’t it?
What should one do when his synagogue is on the brink of shutting down?
A well-known Hasidic tale teaches us about collectivity, and that the experience of crying is part of what makes us human.