Elul 2

‏אין צדיק בארץ שאף פעם לא יחטא There is no righteous person that never sinned. The month of Elul has always been a super reflective month for me. As it’s anthem, “I am for my beloved and my beloved is … Read More

Elul

It is Rosh Chodesh Elul! Our last month of the Jewish year. After a summer filled with outings, sun, visiting with friends, we begin thinking about getting back into our routine. If you are a teacher, you begin to plan … Read More

Yom Yetushalayim

Yom Yerushalayim is a great day in Jewish history. Please read my blog and watch rabbi sacks’s video for a deeper understanding. Jeruslam is ours! Here is a song by ben snof which always stirs me when I hear it. … Read More

Shema V’ahavta

Click on link below to listen: Dorice’s thoughts: This prayer is one of the most important prayers in Judaism. Taken from the last book in the Torah, Deuteronomy chapter 6, it expresses the Ikkar (the main essence) of our belief in Judaism, and … Read More

Eshet Chayil

Click on link below to listen:  Eishet chayil mi yimtza ve-rachok mi-peninim michrah Batach bah leiv ba’alah ve-shalal lo yech’sar. Gemalat’hu tov ve-lo ra kol yemei chayeha. Dar’eshah tzemer u’fishtim va-ta’as be-cheifetz kapeha.   Hay-eta ko-oniyos socheir mi-merchak tavi lachma. … Read More

Hatikva

Click on link below to listen: History and evolution of the Hatikvah: In 1897, at the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, the delegates joined in a rousing rendition of the song “Hatikvah.” The beloved Zionist hymn would come to be known … Read More

Vhee She’amda

Click on link below to listen: בכל דור ודור חייב אדם לראות את עצמו כאילו הוא יצא ממצרים B’chol dor v’dor chayav Adam l’rot et atzmo k’eeloo hoo yatza mimitzrayim In every generation one is obliterated to see oneself as … Read More

Kadesh Urchatz

Click on link below to listen: The word Seder means order, indicating that all the commandments and rituals of this evening are to be performed in a specific order. In every Hagadah we find the traditional sequence of various steps … Read More

Ma Nishtana

Click on link below to listen: Who does not like the part of the Seder when the Four Questions are sang?! The youngest child (or a group of children) all prepared and rehearsed are standing up (in our home, they … Read More