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 »



November 5, 2014 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

Shavuot-Meditation on the Mountain Rabbi Jill Hammer   1. “The Eternal called to him from the mountain, saying: ‘Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob, and speak to the children of Israel: You have seen what I did … Continue reading »



November 5, 2014 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

What’s in a Name? Hazzan Marcia Lane Like all three pilgrimage festivals, Passover has several names. It’s called Hag ha-Pesah, the ‘passing-over’ holiday, in Exodus 12:11 and in several other places in the Torah. That name refers to the fact that … Continue reading »



March 9, 2014 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

The Faces of Purim: A Journey Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD Cursed be Haman who sought to destroy me; blessed be Mordechai the Jew. 
Cursed be Zeresh the wife of the one who terrified me; blessed be Esther for my sake. … Continue reading »



March 28, 2013 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

By Rabbi Isaac Mann Freedom From or Freedom To The Pesah holiday is referred to in our liturgy as zman heruteinu, the time of our freedom. The reference is of course to our freedom from Egypt, our release from slavery. … Continue reading »



February 21, 2013 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

By Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman Mitzvah gedolah l’hiyot b’simhah tamid-It is a great mitzvah to always be happy. -R. Nachman of Bratslav The light is ascending, spring approaches, the season of ge’ulah, of redemption, is upon us and therefore Joy is … Continue reading »


Parashat Beshalah and Tu Bish’vat

January 29, 2013 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim, Shmot

By Rabbi Len Levin David Ben Gurion said that whoever does not believe in miracles is not a realist. He may have had in mind the day in 1948 that the fate of Jerusalem depended on negotiation of a cease-fire … Continue reading »



December 13, 2012 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

By Rabbi Len Levin Why do we celebrate Hanukkah? Why is it not commemorated in the Bible or in the Mishnah? And what lessons does it have for our time? Hanukkah commemorates the clash of Judaism with the dominant Hellenistic … Continue reading »


Shemini Atzeret

October 4, 2012 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

By Rabbi Isaac Mann In this D’var Torah I would like to expand upon an interesting insight into the character of Shemini Atzeret based on a teaching that I heard from my beloved teacher Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, of blessed … Continue reading »


Yom Kippur

September 20, 2012 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Haggim

Many Little Things-One Big Thing By Rabbi Len Levin “May all Your creatures unite in a single band, to perform Your will wholeheartedly” (from the Uv’khen prayer in the Yom Kippur Amidah). Jewish thought is a rich network of debates … Continue reading »