As we enter Sukkot and begin to prepare for Simchat Torah Dr. Shula Laderman, recounts a midrash that illustrates the importance of the Hebrew letters aleph and bet. How was it decided which letter would appear first in the Torah?
The New Year brings with it hope for a future in which online transparency and support for victims who speak out may bring blessings to people and places that in the past knew only curses.
Yom Kippur has very different energies and themes from Sukkot. We need to experience Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur before being able to enjoy fully the holiday of Sukkot.
Listen to Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes, as he dives into the sources of some traditional Rosh Hashanah delicacies.
Music and prayer have been combined since ancient times. A prayer tune, conveyed from generation to generation, sets the atmosphere for the service and allows the congregation to focus on the connection with the Divine.
Get right into the mode for the upcoming Holiday with Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, as he explains with great emotion and passion how the same verse is recited in different tunes in multiple synagogues around the neighborhood.
Dr. Ramon describes the beautiful scene that takes place at the Western Wall, the Kotel, in the early pre-dawn hours during the month of Elul. She talks with yearning and wonder that will make you want to close your eyes and join her in the next Selichot prayer.
Why do some communities start reciting the Jewish Penitential prayers; Selihot in a certain period of time the Jewish month of Elul, and others only at a later date?
As we enter Elul Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes explains the beautiful differences with the Selihot timings in the traditions of Persian, Sephardic and Ashkenazim Jews. Watch the video below:
There are probably numerous reasons people have for coming to shul for Kol Nidre, not least as stated in the prayers themselves: “We sanction prayer with the transgressors.” This phrase reflects the encounter of Jewish men and women who, on this night, are as transgressors who have come to ask forgiveness and atonement. But the heart of Kol Nidre does not deal with transgression; rather it pierces the human heart and highlights our vulnerability as humans, separate from our Creator.
Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes, inaugurates Shavua Tov @ Schechter with a short exploration of Psalm 27, the Penitential Psalm, and a Rosh Hashanah greeting.
The holiday that falls on the first two days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei has many names. Most famously, it is known as Rosh HaShana, the beginning of the year. Yet it is also called Yom Zikaron Tru’ah – the day of remembering the blast of the shofar, Yom Harat Olam – the day of the world’s beginning, and Yom HaDin, the day of judgment.