Shavuot 5780

May 28, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

A D’var Torah for Shavuot By Rabbi Heidi Hoover (’11) Most of us experience moments of transcendence in our lives. A moment of transcendence could be the first moment you realized you were in love with your partner. Or the … Continue reading »


Pesah 5780

April 13, 2020 | Filed in: Haggim

A D’var Torah for Hol HaMoed Pesah By Rabbi Heidi Hoover When you were a child, did you ever resent the adults in your life enforcing bedtimes? Did you ever think, “When I’m a grown-up, I’ll be free to do whatever … Continue reading »


Last Days of Pesah – 5779

April 25, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

A D’var Torah for the last days of Pesah By Rabbi Heidi Hoover (’11) We are coming now to the end of Passover, our joyful spring holiday. At our seders, we asked questions, we learned, we discussed how we were … Continue reading »


Pesah 5778

March 28, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

Shir haShirim and the Kodesh Kodashim: Two Holies of Holies A D’var Torah for Pesah by Rabbi Jill Hammer I once had the privilege of being at a Torah service led by rabbi and chantress Shefa Gold.  At the service, she … Continue reading »



June 9, 2016 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

by Rabbi Isaac Mann The Rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud refer to the holiday of Shavuot not by its usual Biblical name — Hag ha-Shavuot — but by the term Atzeret (see e.g. Rosh Hashanah 16a and Pesahim 68b), which is … Continue reading »


The Last Days of Pesah

April 27, 2016 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

by Rabbi Isaac Mann Many commentators on the Haggadah have pointed to the apparent contradictory symbolism of the matzah at the Seder table. On the one hand, we start the Maggid (telling of the story) section with referring to the … Continue reading »



April 22, 2016 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

The Four Cups and the Four Children: A Meditative Journey for Passover “I will take you out, I will save you, I will redeem you, I will take you to be my people.” Four promises of the Exodus, represented by … Continue reading »



May 20, 2015 | Filed in: Haggim

Sinai and the Chariot: Two Guided Visualizations for Shavuot Rabbi Jill Hammer Both the revelation at Sinai and the revelation of Ezekiel represent profound moments in the history of connection between human being and the Divine. The two visualizations below are … Continue reading »


Pesah and Sefirat Haomer

April 8, 2015 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

The Crossing of the Sea and Serach bat Asher by Rabbi Jill Hammer The Israelites believed because they heard, not because they saw the signs. What made them believe? The sign of redemption. They had this sign as a tradition … Continue reading »



April 3, 2015 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

PESAH: THE SECRET OF JEWISH MEMORY by Rabbi Len Levin The taste of the maror and haroset are imprinted in my sensory memory, along with the smell of the wine and the eggs. The crunchy feel of the first seder matzah between my tongue and teeth. … Continue reading »