Content on Holidays
Hanukkah Isn’t Just About Being Different
The real challenge — for both the Jews in the 160s BCE and those of us living today — centers on how we integrate the universal and the particular.
In (Cosmic) Light of Chanukkah
On Chanukkah, we are all challenged not to take the many hours of darkness each day at face value.
Face Fear by Embracing Awe
If we think that awe stems from a vastness, then we start to see ourselves less as the center, but as a spoke from it.
We do not have as much control over our lives as we would like. But we do have a choice in how we perceive the world around us.
Change is Hard
During the High Holidays, we are asked to be intentional about who we are, how we’ve been, and who we want to be.
Seeking Awe and Wonder
One way that Judaism teaches us to give voice, despite our speechlessness, is to invoke God’s name with words of blessing to give content and form to our awe and wonder.
Knowing the Past to Build the Future
God is seen as a parent in the High Holy Day liturgy. And parents know their children – their flaws, their gifts, and even sometimes their actions before they happen.
When God Saves Us In Spite Of Ourselves
Both Judaism and Christianity celebrate spring festivals centered on redemptive stories.
When Success is Still Challenging
Even if you’re deeply secure in your Jewish identity, Christmastime reminds Jews that it’s simply not easy to be a minority culture that needs to respond to the majority culture’s assumptions.
Cleanliness is Part of Godliness
May this be a Chanukah of rededication to cleanliness and that our actions impact our community, not just individuals.
The Quarantine Reviewed
Like all of our work on these High Holy Days, a “User Review” draws us out of our own individual concern and calls us to see the wider world around us.
Repairing the World With Science Tikkun
In this time of fragility, repairing the world is needed more than ever.