January 2022

Due to a quirk of the Jewish calendar, there are no major holidays in the span of this Scroll. What an opportunity to talk about some quirks of the Jewish calendar! (Warning: math follows.) The Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar, meaning primarily lunar, with...

November 2021

So much of healthy life is a matter of balance and boundaries. In Jewish tradition, performance of mourning supplants life for one week, coexists with life for thirty days or one year (for parents), and is thereafter absorbed by life and given voice for only a few...

September 2021

Over the High Holy Days, we pass through the threshold of the new year, not only in fact but in focus. During the month of Elul, last of the old year, we focus on the year past, examining our own behavior and character during the year coming to an end, and asking...