I didn't make it to synagogue that night. I couldn't. I spent the evening sitting on the floor, drinking wine, and weeping
Called simply "The Festival," Jewish history books record Sukkot as was one of the greatest festivals anywhere in the ancient world. Thousands of musicians, performance artists and dancers filled the streets of ancient Jerusalem. It was a spiritual Carnival.
Over the years, I've wondered why we need to stick with the dismal trappings of the kit sukkah. The metal structure itself is sturdy, comes in several sizes, and is easy to assemble. But why continue with the homely canvas cover?
The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot, in 2015 began at sundown on Sunday, September 27, and ends at nightfall October
When I was a kid, Superman was the greatest of all superheroes. There were others with various powers, but Superman was the strongest, the fastest, the most complete. He didn't need gadgets, or scientific mishaps, or magical weapons to perform his heroic feats. His powers were inherent. He was superhuman.
India has just lost one of its most important Hindu leaders, Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The media referred to him by appeal to his most celebrated student, India's prime minister, Narendra Modi. But Dayananda did not need Modi to be known in India, and globally.
The commandment regarding the "four species" -- the lulav (palm, willow and myrtle) and etrog (citron) -- also comes from
The Talmud is one of Judaism's primary defining works. Why does it engage in such apparent whimsy alongside weightier and better-known matters like human dignity and God's role in our lives?
Once after eating a meal on our porch in the festive tent in which we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, my then ten-year-old son announced that he was not so interested in saying the blessings after the meal.