Jewish Festivals


A Pesach recipe for everyone

The seder discussion for a progressive Jewish family should be not only about the ancient journey from slavery to liberation, but also about the personal journey of our own liberation

A compact paragraph embracing our beliefs

Pesach is a time for us to ask where we came from, where we are going, and what our life journey means

Haggadah: As much an archeology as a book

The Pesach haggadah is a multi-layered text, embracing some traditions thousands of years old — and some very recent, writes Rabbi Greg Alexander

Oranges and water cups at Pesach

Two powerful feminist additions to Pesach custom, worth considering for your next seder: Miriam Cups and oranges

The universal festival

It is the universal message of Pesach which makes it the one festival that appeals to unobservant Jews … and even to non-Jews

Seven weeks of counting the Omer

The eve of the second day of Pesach begins the “Counting of the Omer” which ends on the 50th day with Shavuot. Rabbi Robert Jacobs explains the reasons

Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost

The Torah specifies that 50 days after Pesach, each person is to bring an offering to the Temple of the first fruits. Rabbi Robert Jacobs explains Shavuot

Sukkot and Simchat Torah

Rabbi Robert Jacobs talks about Sukkot, when the Ohel Mo’ed, the Tent of Meeting, is dedicated.

Towards a Succot Midrash

As Rabbi Zachary Shapiro ponders a construction problem, he receives some unexpected guests …

Let the lights of Chanukah burn

Once a minor festival, Chanukah has become more prominent in the modern era, when “consumerism” has tended to remake it as a Jewish counterpart to Christmas.