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Community Ties
Community Ties

It is a commonly stated idea that, with the expansion of the world of social media, the idea of community has changed. Where once people turned to communal organizations for drawing them together, they now find these ties online. The question that then…

More Than a Financier
More Than a Financier

Known as the Juden Kaiser (the Jewish Emperor), Rabbi Samson Wertheimer was a man of incredible…

Invitation To Give Thanks
Invitation To Give Thanks

This verse is the source of the biblical mandate to…

Celebrating Tu B’Av
Celebrating Tu B’Av

Tu B’Av, the fifteenth of Av, was celebrated in ancient times by…

No Holiday As Joyous
No Holiday As Joyous

Tu B’Av (The Fifteenth of Av) is no longer the well-known holiday on the Jewish calendar that it was…

Why Am I Not Interested in Idols?
Why Am I Not Interested in Idols?

There is an interesting dialogue between the elders of Rome and the…

It Happened in Argentina
It Happened in Argentina

Aside from the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem, many tragic events in Jewish history are associated with…

Elegies (Kinnot)
Elegies (Kinnot)

An elegy is defined as a mournful poem or a lament. In Hebrew, an elegy is known as…

The Book of Lamentations
The Book of Lamentations

On Tisha B’Av, the ninth of Av, one of the ways that the Jewish people demonstrate their mourning over the loss of both Holy Temples is by…

The Meal Before
The Meal Before

While there are several fast days on the Jewish calendar, only two are referred to as “major fasts”…

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