The Yom Tov of Rosh Ha-Shanah – Excerpt from Seasons of Nobility

Seasons of Nobility is a selection of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine’s sermons on the Jewish holidays and special Shabbatot, transcribed from his manuscripts dating from 1982 to 2011. Drawing upon the author’s deep reservoir of Torah knowledge, the sermons offer original insights into the laws, customs, prayers, and public readings of the Jewish festivals. These stirring…

When Abraham Met Brahma- Excerpt from Be, Become, Bless

The thirst for spirituality and meaning is a defining characteristic of our times. A societal shift is taking place, one that emphasizes experience, feeling, and imagination. Be, Become, Bless presents a Jewish approach to transforming the way we see and live our lives. In these pages, Rabbi Yakov Nagen uses the weekly parasha as a springboard to converse with both Eastern spirituality…

It’s in the Gene(alogy): Family, Storytelling, and Salvation-An Excerpt from “Gleanings: Reflections on Ruth”

A special thanks to 929 for spreading some pre-Shavuot wisdom. This excerpt was taken from an essay featured in Gleanings: Reflections on Ruth edited by Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern. “It’s in the Gene(alogy): Family, Storytelling, and Salvation” .   By telling the story of King David’s genealogy through the Book of Ruth, the text is…

Mother’s Day in the Koren Talmud Bavli

Tractate Kiddushin, volume 22 of the Koren Talmud Bavli,  is primarily devoted to the different elements of the act of Kiddushin, betrothal. However, we also find a sugyiot dedicated solely to the mitzvah of honoring one’s father and mother: What better tractate to learn on Mother’s Day (Sunday May 12 in the United States)? This…