Tu B’shvat

Tonight, Jews throughout the world are celebrating Tu Bishvat, often referred to as the ‘birthday for trees’. The source for Tu Bishvat is the Mishna Rosh Hashanah 1:1 in which we are told of 4 New Years: 1) The New Year for kings and for bringing gifts to the Temple during festivals (1st Nissan), 2) the … More Tu B’shvat

Avoiding spiritual numbness, maintaining spiritual awareness (Teshuva)

INTRODUCTION We’ve just started the hebrew month of Ellul, which means that we will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, in just under a month. One of the greatest lessons in Judaism is that we begin the year by planning for the future and by trying to identify how we can be our … More Avoiding spiritual numbness, maintaining spiritual awareness (Teshuva)

The shofar teaches us about the meaning of life

Embedded in the legal discussions regarding the methods of prayer and the shape of the shofar is a fascinating theological debate regarding our priorities in life. Simply put, should we focus on the physical aspects of our lives and the impact we can have on this world, or should we focus on the spiritual aspects … More The shofar teaches us about the meaning of life