Jewish year

Let song carry you to the far shore

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend this past Shabbat with the Jewish Community of Amherst. Like Jewish communities the world over, we sang the Song of the Sea — an ancient victory song that Torah envisions the people offering in response to being rescued from Pharaoh’s army on their way from slavery to freedom. [...]

A month of playfulness and grit

Welcome, friends, to the Hebrew month of Adar. משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה “When the month of Adar begins,” our Talmud teaches, “joy increases.” We want joy to be an easy thing, a thing that happens all by itself when — as Paul Simon has it — we have “soil soft as summer and the strength [...]