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Simchat Torah

Do You Make Time For Date Night, With Your Faith?

Rabbi Mark Wildes | Posted 10.05.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Mark Wildes

What does love have to do with religion? For so many Jews, especially in America, the answer is, regretfully, nothing. For many, the idea of practicing Judaism is wrapped up in a sense of obligation and fear -- a responsibility to not let something so old die out.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Bastille's Dan Smith on "Eh Ohs," Covers, and the "Awesomeness" and "Weirdness" of Success

Jon Chattman | Posted 12.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Most of the time, a song gets stuck inside your head for hours, days courtesy of a catchy chorus or well-written verse. In the case of Bastille, however, their orca-whale-sized hit "Pompeii" produced a mind gloriously filled with repeated "eh ohs."

Manifest and Hidden: Embracing the One

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Jewish wisdom reminds us that knowledge is not significant if it doesn't engage, mobilize, and connect. Disinterested information doesn't constitute wisdom until it can inspire awe, deepen comprehension, and inspire transformation.

Your Guide To The Most Raucous Religious Holidays All Year

Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion

With Carnival here and Mardi Gras right around the corner you might be wondering how a religious holiday could be so fun. Turns out, Carnival isn'...

How To 'Rejoice In The Torah' For Simchat Torah 2013

Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion

Simchat Torah, the joyous Jewish celebration of the Torah (Five Books of Moses), begins at sundown on September 26, 2013 and ends at nightfall on Sept...

Occupy Genesis: Rewinding The Torah, Repairing The World

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

The story of creation begins again this week in synagogues around the world. This annual cosmic rewind gives each of us a chance to deepen our thinking about the stories we heard as children.

Simchat Torah: Remembering Creation One More Time

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

I will celebrate Simchat Torah and hear again the chanting of the Creation, look at our tree and pray that the world will come to be what it should be.

Simchat Torah: The Dance Of White Fire

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman

On Simchat Torah we do not emphasize studying Torah. Instead we dance on the white fire as if all is an open book waiting to be revealed.

Simchat Torah 2011: Dates, Dances, Customs, Shemini Atzeret Explained

Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion

Simchat Torah, the joyous Jewish celebration of the Torah (Five Books of Moses), begins at sundown on Oct. 20, 2011 and ends at nightfall on Oct. 21. ...