Learn about the Jewish Prayer Modes with Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch


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.

What happens on the streets of Jerusalem during Selichot? Dr. Einat Ramon


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.

Selihot Already? Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin on Penitential Prayers


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:

Tisha B’Av and the Mourning and Survival Patterns of Jews


As a modern-day researcher of Jewish thought, I especially love the personal descriptions that Jewish philosophers insert parenthetically into their Jewish philosophical text. These descriptions allow us to learn about central customs in Jewish community life, as well as the educational values and philosophical insights that were etched into the Jewish consciousness of the philosopher in question.   

Between Destruction and Redemption: Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch on Tisha B’Av


This Friday begins the Jewish month of Av and the nine days leading up to Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av, a day that commemorates the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem and other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, suggests that the day is an opportunity to listen to unheard voices and to make room for diverse approaches to Judaism.

How Do We Establish Memory? Professor Doron Bar on the Creation of Yad Vashem


Memory or heroism? Victims or heroes? What should a museum commemorate? Professor Doron Bar, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, shares insights into how Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, was established. He focuses on the Hall of Remembrance, a less frequented site in the Yad Vashem complex, and its meaning to him and to his students.

How Do We Mark a Miracle? Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin on Israel’s 70th Birthday Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin on Israel's 70th Birthday


Are we aware of the miracles surrounding us? Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes, shares excerpts of a letter written 70 years ago by the late Binyamin Brenzel. It describes the excitement in Israel following the UN partition vote. Brenzel, who later worked at Schechter until age 100, gives a window into the miraculous nature of the creation of the State of Israel.