Elul, the month before Tishrei, is known as the month of preparation. Our season of introspection/preparation begins after Shavuot, continues through the Three Weeks, and concludes on Yom Kippur. During Elul our preparations intensify; reading Tehillim (Psalm) 27 (l’David) is part of our daily life from Rosh Ḥodesh Elul to Shmini Atzeret. There is much … Continue reading L’David by Roni Bernstein
As we approach the month of Elul we traditionally get ready to search our hearts and to turn to our G-d. When we look at the word "Elul," it is similar to the root of the verb "search" in Aramaic. The Rabbis usually connect "Elul" to the idea of searching our hearts and preparing ourselves … Continue reading The Search by Diana Levine
Almost two weeks ago I reached a milestone in my life. I celebrated my 40th birthday. I use the term "celebrated" loosely, because my birthday dinner was a frantic trip to the McDonald's drive-thru so that I could make it to the PTSO meeting at the elementary school where my son was having his chorus … Continue reading When Reality Doesn’t Live Up to Expectation by Jennifer Caracelo
As we approach Passover, we begin to think of the miraculous steps that G-d took in bringing his people out of Egypt. We think of the plagues, the blood, the sea swept aside so millions walked across on dry ground. It is ancient news that our G-d is in the business of miracles. The Bible … Continue reading When G-d Doesn’t Heal You
Many modern day purim spiels present the story of Esther as an ancient Persian version of the TV show “The Bachelor” where scores of women compete to win a marriage proposal from an eligible, handsome, young bachelor – going on scads of fancy dates and romantic excursions while he presents roses to the contests as … Continue reading Winner of the Persian Bachelor?
The book of Ester is a small book, a mere ten chapters. Most of us can relate the main events by heart. We imagine ourselves as Queen Ester, convinced we share her courage and faith. Do we? In our fast food immediate gratification mindset, we can quickly lose our resolve. We get anxious when we … Continue reading For Such A (Long) Time As This by Roni Bernstein
New year, new Bible reading plan. I have just one question for you: Why? Why read the Bible at all? Why read the whole Bible every year? Why? Paul writes in Romans 15:4 “For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through patience and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might … Continue reading Why Read the Bible by Jennifer Nesbitt