On Shavuot (beginning, this year, Tuesday evening, May 30th and continuing through Thursday), we celebrate what the rabbis called z’man matan Torateinu ~ the time our Torah was gifted. However, the roots of Shavuot in Torah relate to agriculture, not the … Continue reading
This is a crosspost from Faith in Public Life’s 100 Days of Justice (www.justice100.org), an initiative which partners with voices from diverse religious, racial, cultural backgrounds and LGTBQ communities to widely share resources, stories and calls to action at both the national and … Continue reading
Many of us, even those of us who were raised in Jewish homes, did not grow up with a sukkah in our backyards. There was a sukkah built at the synagogue and we decorated it together, maybe had a festive … Continue reading
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In this week’s parsha, we learn a critical lesson in the Torah’s narrative – a big-picture “ahha” moment in our development as a People. It could have been a relatively quick trip from Mitzrayim/Egypt to Eretz Yisrael/the land of Israel, … Continue reading
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One of the finest examples of the renewal of Jewish ritual is found in the holiday of Tu B’Shvat – Torah’s legalistic birthday of the trees marking a time for tithing. Over the millennia, this holiday has be adapted to … Continue reading
A recent e-mail from a colleague closed with the parting words, “see you at Sinai,” followed by a winking emoticon. The reference was to the upcoming holiday of Shavuot – a celebration linked with our receipt of the Torah at … Continue reading