In a celebrated Talmudic dispute, two great Jewish teachers, Hillel and Shammai, argued whether we should begin by lighting eight candles and gradually decrease to one (Shammai), or begin with one candle and add an additional one each night, thus continuously increasing the light and joy of the holiday (Hillel).
There will be much variation in timing, style, worship content, attire, and even participation level, based on when and where you attend.
Jewish tradition teaches that human beings are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). This is the underpinning of all of the rituals and customs that make up a Jewish funeral.
A few weeks ago, I shared a study session with parents of our congregation’s third-graders.
The plane landed in Tel Aviv with a thud, olive trees and soldiers lining the runway. With the 14-... Read More