Service Is Work and Work Is Worship

by Rabbi Ira F. Stone

The Hebrew word for service,"avodah," is the same word we use for both work and worship. This is not an accident.


Found in Translation

by JM Poses

When I think about Hanukkah, the theme that resonates most deeply is that of translation.  As a child, I wholeheartedly bought into the idea that Hanukkah was a sort of Jewish Christmas… and not just because of the presents.    


Presents of Presence

by Rabbi Roni Handler

Happiness. We all want and seek it and yet this elusive emotion is so difficult to attain—and even more difficult to sustain. 


The Greatest Miracle of All

by Rabbi Roni Handler

The legends we pass on to our children teach us about the possibility of miracles all around us—each and every day.  


Dark Days

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

At this time of year, I like to be outside while the sun sets. When the days are short, there is something especially lovely about witnessing light fade.


An Evolving Thanksgiving

by Rabbi Fredi Cooper, Ed.D.

During the first days of November, I begin to travel into my “Thanksgiving mode.” Before I ever dreamt about becoming a rabbi, this meant trying to transform the day into something more for my family. Thanksgiving was the one American holiday that made sense to me—even as a person who generally resisted thinking about the ways that life had been fulfilling.


A Taste of Tradition

by Emily Langowitz

Food rituals reflect different facets of Judaism – some tie me closer to God, some to Torah and some to my people.


Feast and Famine

by Jordan Namerow
We’ve just experienced the most holiday-intensive time in the Jewish calendar, and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, one word lies at the heart of our collective experience: food. Food... [more]