Tu Bishvat is mentioned in the Mishna as Rosh Hashanah L’Ilan, the New Year of the Tree. It gained in popularity when the 16th-century Kabbalists in Safed began to hold a Seder Tu Bishvat and eat up to 30 types of fruits, while the Zionists in the 20th century began to plant trees on Tu Bishvat.
This is the dual lesson of Hanukkah and of Joseph and his brothers: unity leads to redemption. May we remember this lesson as we light the Hanukkah candles.
The New Year brings with it hope for a future in which online transparency and support for victims who speak out may bring blessings to people and places that in the past knew only curses.
Yom Kippur has very different energies and themes from Sukkot. We need to experience Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur before being able to enjoy fully the holiday of Sukkot.
Yom Kippur, is the most important holiday in the Jewish faith. This day marks the peak of the 10 Days of Awe that follows the Jewish New Year.
Listen to Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes, as he dives into the sources of some traditional Rosh Hashanah delicacies.
Music and prayer have been combined since ancient times. A prayer tune, conveyed from generation to generation, sets the atmosphere for the service and allows the congregation to focus on the connection with the Divine.
Get right into the mode for the upcoming Holiday with Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, as he explains with great emotion and passion how the same verse is recited in different tunes in multiple synagogues around the neighborhood.
Dr. Ramon describes the beautiful scene that takes place at the Western Wall, the Kotel, in the early pre-dawn hours during the month of Elul. She talks with yearning and wonder that will make you want to close your eyes and join her in the next Selichot prayer.
A very special Torah reading, four students who studied Torah cantillation via Skype with Cantor SaraLee Shrell Fox, a teacher at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, reached a new milestone and read Torah for the very first time.
Why do some communities start reciting the Jewish Penitential prayers; Selihot in a certain period of time the Jewish month of Elul, and others only at a later date?
As we enter Elul Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes explains the beautiful differences with the Selihot timings in the traditions of Persian, Sephardic and Ashkenazim Jews. Watch the video below: