Our Sukkot Guests: The Ushpizin

On Sukkot it is not unusual to have guests over in our sukkah- friends and family who came for a meal, some Sukkah hoppers (the Jewish equivalent of trick-or-treaters who go from sukkah to sukkah in search of the best candy) and occasionally a raccoon who found your leftover challah you forgot to bring in. […]

5778: Year of the Shofar

Many don’t know of Rosh Hashanah as Yom Teruah, a “Day of Shouting”, but over this past year, we have had a lot to shout about- in the best of ways. We shouted for change, we shouted for celebration, we shouted for entertainment, and we got all of that. This year has been a year […]

The Fast of Gedaliah

The Fast of Gedaliah, or Tzom Gedaliah, happens the day after Rosh Hashanah. Why is it after two days of eating probably too much challah, honey cake and of course, apples and honey, are we met with a dawn-to-dusk fast day? Some view it as a health day, after all, who really wants to keep […]