Holidays

Chanukah Sameach

BS”D Chanukah 5777 To rejoice and to love: two salient emotions G-d Commands of His people. What glorious habits to cultivate, regardless of one’s religion, simply to pronounce and re-pronounce our humanity. We are instructed to revel in ecstatic joy on Sukkot, to rejoice in the extreme: “You shall make yourself the Festival of Sukkot … Continue reading

Holidays

Shavuot 5776

+++ “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the entire congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your G-d, am holy.” (Vayikra 19:1-2) וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל משֶׁה לֵּאמֹר: דַּבֵּר אֶל כָּל עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם קְדשִׁים תִּהְיוּ כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי יְהוָֹה … Continue reading

Holidays

The Longest Ray

The Longest Ray Mishenichnas Adar Marbim b’Simcha: entering Adar with joy increases the joy of the world. What bombast from the rabbis! Should we take this declaration seriously? Why Adar? Because it is the final month of the spiritual year, centering upon the holiday of Purim and anticipating Nisan which centers upon Pesach. Purim splays … Continue reading