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  • Brody, Shlomo M. (Tablet, 2014-10-15)
    The holiday of Simchat Torah marks the end of the yearly cycle of Torah readings. It immediately follows Sukkhot and completes the annual High Holy Day season. In this article, Brody notes that Simchat Torah has one of the ...
  • Buxbaum, Rabbi Benyamin (Aish, 2002-08-25)
    Judaism observes two holidays focused on the Torah: Simchat Torah, celebrated at the end of Sukkot, and Shavuot, celebrated fifty days after Passover. Rabbi Buxbaum explains in this article that Simchat Torah, which marks ...
  • My Jewish Learning (My Jewish Learning, 2021)
    The holiday of Shavuot is celebrated seven weeks after Passover.It combines two religious observances: the grain harvest in early summer and the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. This article explains the meaning and ...
  • West, Cornel (Jewish Currents, 2020-12-23)
    In this article, scholar Cornel West contextualizes the belief of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel within the Jewish prophetic tradition. West describes Heschel as "greatest exemplar of the prophetic legacy of Jerusalem in the ...
  • Goldman, Ari L. (The New York Times, 1994-06-13)
    An obituary for Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, which discusses his life, work, contributions and his considerable influence on the Lubavitch Chassidic movement. It also considers the controversial incident that took ...
  • Chabad.org Staff (Chabad.org, 2004-12-23)
    This is a biographical sketch of Rabbit Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the most prominent and best-known leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. The article states that he was the "most phenomenal Jewish personality of modern ...
  • Blakemore, Erin (National Geographic, 2020-09-25)
    In this article Erin Blakemore considers the history, meaning and observance of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. Marking the end of the High Holy Days, Yom Kippur is not only marked by various self-deprivations, ...
  • Michaelson, Jay (My Jewish Learning, 2018)
    In this article, Rabbi Jay Michaelson discusses the meaning of fasting on Yom Kippur for secular Jews. He writes that even for Jews who do not feel bound by the obligations of Jewish law, fasting has a cathartic effect, ...
  • Rosen, Jeremy (The Algemeiner, 2020-01-26)
    An essay on "You Shall Be as Gods: A Radical Interpretation of the Old Testament and Its Tradition" by Erich Fromm, the prominent Jewish American psychiatrist. Towards the beginning of the essay is the provocative claim ...
  • Maggid 
    Piercy, Marge (Poetry Foundation, 2001)
    In the Passover Seder the Maggid is the telling of the Passover story. This poem is the poet Marge Piercy's commentary on the story. Click on the link above to read it.
  • Heschel, Susannah (The Shalom Center, 2001-09-08)
    A "powerful study by Susannah Heschel of the theological threads of connection between her father and Dr. Martin Luther King" At the time she wrote this article Susannah Heschel was Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish ...
  • Jackson, Lindsey; Wertheimer, Jack (New Books Network, 2019-10-29)
    An audio interview with Jack Wertheimer, author of "The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice their Religion Today" (Princeton UP, 2018). "Wertheimer argues that American Jews are indeed engaging with Judaism, albeit ...
  • Angel, Marc D. (Ideals (jewishideas.org), 2019-12-18)
    The writer is Dr. Rabbi Marc D. Angel, " Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org), and Editor of its journal, Conversations. He is Rabbi Emeritus of the Spanish and Portuguese ...
  • Piercy, Marge (Poetry Foundation. Originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)
    A poem by the Jewish American writer Marge Piercy, on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah. Click on the link above to access.
  • Chabad.org (Chabad.org, 2019)
    This article describes the meaning and observance of Rosh Hashana from an Orthodox perspective. The article notes that Rosh Hashana means "Head of the Year": "Just like the head controls the body, our actions on Rosh ...
  • My Jewish Learning (My Jewish Learning, 2019)
    This article provides a basic description of Rosh Hashanah. Commonly known as the "Jewish New Year," the holiday commemorates the creation of the world believed to have occurred over 5,000 years ago. Unlike the New Year ...
  • Cohen, Leonard (YouTube, 2006-08-29)
    Based on the prayer “U’Netaneh Tokef,” recited at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Leonard Cohen created the poem and song "Who By Fire." In this performance he is accompanied by the great saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Click ...
  • Schoenfeld, Stuart (Canadian Journal of Sociology, 1978)
    "The question of similarities and differences between the Jewish community of Canada and that of the United States is examined with respect to religious organizations, attitudes and practices." Click on the link above to ...
  • Chabad.org (Chabad.org, 2019)
    This Web Page discusses the meaning of the holiday of Shavuot, the commemoration of when the Jewish people received the Torah ton Mount Sinai, and how it is celebrated. It also explains why it is traditional to eat dairy ...
  • Cohen, Emily; Best Adler, Jake (2018)
    This is a haggadah created by two Reconstructionist rabbinical students.It provides instructions for the seder as well as explanations. Click on the icon to read the Hamilton Haggadah.

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