It seems like the golden calf was supposed to be both a god and a leader.
The ritual of Shiva and the prayers of Yizkor and Kaddish all articulate the same idea: we must continue to remember those whom we love.
When the rest of the world turns its back on IDF, we will be there for them.
For years, I wondered if I could ever experience something like the encounter at Sinai; when would I feel the ground tremble with divine inspiration?
What continues to hold the flag high are the people, who are filled with dedication.
Bitter herbs may be ever-present, but so is redemption.
Even if it seems foolish, we must advocate for each hostage, and cry for every soldier.
Culturally, goodbye is a foreign word for Jews.
Right now it is difficult to dream, and optimism is scarce. But the lessons of our Torah reading is that there are no grand dreams of the future without difficulty and sacrifice.
One small candle is lit on the darkest, coldest night of the year, and yet it brings light to every Jew. Anna, you don’t need to be a part of the biggest and noisiest group. You just have to bring the light.