The Boiling Point

In varying sounds of the shofar, new opportunities and a fresh start

In varying sounds of the shofar, new opportunities and a fresh start

September 9, 2018

Rosh Hashanah is one of my favorite holidays, as it reminds me that I have a new year ahead of me full of new experiences, challenges and successes. It...

The chametz in your closet: Mitzvot of Pesach in an age of freedom

The chametz in your closet: Mitzvot of Pesach in an age of freedom

March 28, 2018

There are many things that make the nights of Passover different from all other nights. The classic examples are: On other nights we don’t dip more...

PURIM: At the crossroads of chance and fate

PURIM: At the crossroads of chance and fate

February 28, 2018

Among the five Megillot and the five books of Moses, the story of Esther transcends in complexity and uniqueness. Most women in Chumash and the Scroll...

Under twinkling lights, Green Team offers learning, food from garden and live performances for Tu B’Shvat

Under twinkling lights, Green Team offers learning, food from garden and live performances for Tu B’Shvat

February 3, 2018

“The mishnah of Rosh Hashanah says that Tu B’shevat is really a technical day, the day that marks the new year for trees,”  Rabbi David Block told...

Slumbering in the sukkah?

Slumbering in the sukkah?

October 11, 2017

The Gemara in Masechet Sukkah (Sukkah 28b) explains that the requirement to dwell in the sukkah during Sukkot is to make it a temporary home, which incl...

YOM KIPPUR: Someone else we should forgive

September 29, 2017

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a day for repentance, atonement, forgiveness. But something has always bothered me about that, ...

YOM KIPPUR: Tips for an easy fast

YOM KIPPUR: Tips for an easy fast

September 28, 2017

Entering my fourth time fasting fully on Yom Kippur, and knowing that I'm always nervous and overwhelmed by it, I've made a list of helpful do’s and dont’s ...

Not just apples and honey: Sephardic Rosh Hashanah

Not just apples and honey: Sephardic Rosh Hashanah

September 19, 2017

The beginning of the New Year is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again. Aware of life’s complexities and that no year is ever going to be perfect, Jewish tradition offers us the opportunity to begin anew, with the hope that any negativity from our past will be wiped away, and that we will hopefully avoid all potential negativity in the coming year.

Shavuot, Ruth and Ms. Rodri

Shavuot, Ruth and Ms. Rodri

May 30, 2017

What does Ruth have to do with Shavuot? We saw part of the answer when 'kindertransport' survivor Michelle Rodri spoke in on Yom Hashoah.

Matzah: Crunchy, dry and transforming

Matzah: Crunchy, dry and transforming

April 7, 2017

By Eliezer Lasry, 11th Grade To most Jewish adults, matzah symbolizes the redemption of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. To most Jews a few thousand ye...

Chanukah, 8 days above nature.

Chanukah, 8 days above nature.

December 22, 2016

The number seven holds great significance in Judaism. It surrounds us all the time, in the days of the week, the days of creation, and the menorah in the...