Coping With Loss on the High Holidays

These holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur can often be difficult days, especially for those who have suffered loss. These are days when we often reminisce about past years. It is also a time we look toward the future. We know how painful it can be when we […]

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The Shofar: A Mother’s Cry

How many shofar blasts must be heard on Rosh Hashana? The search for the answer to this question led the Sages to a most unlikely personality. One hundred blasts of the shofar are based on the one hundred cries of the mother of Sisera (Talmud Rosh Hashana 33b). Sisera’s mother […]

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Light One Candle

“Light one candle for the strength that we need” “Light one candle for those who are suffering”    (‘Light one Candle’, Chanukah Song) On the fifth night of Chanukah a unique Menorah lighting was held a few hundred meters from Tzomet HaGush. Exactly three weeks after the murder of Ezra […]

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Throwing the Keys Up to Heaven: A Thought for Tisha B’Av

When offering words of comfort to a mourner we reference the destruction of the Temple. The traditional invocation expresses our wish that the mourner be comforted “among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.” It is generally understood that the two are connected because they both represent intense sadness and great […]

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Visiting the Graves of Loved Ones Before Yom Kippur

There is a meaningful custom of visiting the graves of our loved ones during the period surrounding Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  What thoughts should enter our hearts and minds when we make this visit? We can gain an insight from a thought-provoking Talmudic teaching. The Talmud says that one […]

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