Noach. The Challenge of Technology

‎“If a person fell and died, they wouldn’t pay attention to him/her but if a brick fell, they ‎would sit and cry and say: how are we going t

Sukkot. The Key to Happiness

Sukkot is “zman simchateinu” – the Time of our Joy. In ancient times when the poulation worked primarliy on the land, the “ingathering” would have been the time in which people felt maximally secure, their barn filled with grain, oil, nuts, dried fruit, to keep them through the winter months. But we don’t celebrate in our plush homes or even in the barn. We leave our secure homes to a simple hut with a makeshift roof of leaves - a Sukkah - to remember that happiness depends on more than material things. On the Shabbat of Sukkot, tradition has it that we read Ecclesiastes – Kohelet. It is a sober and depressing read: Utter futility!—said Koheleth— Utter futility! All is futile! What real valu

Yom Kippur. Confess!

We don’t have communal meals on Yom Kippur but we have plenty of opportunities to discuss the prayer service with our families, whether at the pre-fast meal or before and between prayer times. We shall discuss what is the central prayer of Yom Kippur: Viduy – the confession. We say these in generic format: “Ashamnu, Bagadnu – We have acted with guilt; We have betrayed…” or in the “Al Het” text which also presents an alphabetical roster of sins. Let’s discuss: Why is confession so important on Yom Kippur? What is one supposed to be thinking of during the confession? The Rambam sees viduy/confession as a critical ingredient of the Teshuva process. Is it effective to vocalize my wrongdoing? Wha

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