"Shavuot," by Ishai Parasol, via Flickr.com under Creative Commons license
Reflections on Aging

Shavuot: Reviving interest in a forgotten day by focusing on those who have forgotten

Coming fifty days after the beginning of Passover and marking the appearance of the first fruits in the Land of Israel, Shavuot is one of five festivals whose observance is commanded in the Torah.  Shifting [Read more…]

Passover Table 2, by April Killingsworth, from Flickr.com under Creative Commons 2.0 license.
D'vrei Torah

The End of Passover

Tonight is the seventh night of Pesah, and for Israelis and Reform Jews, the final night. I have just lit a memorial candle in memory of our deceased first degree family members: Sylvia and Bob [Read more…]

Talmud Torah

Yom Kippur and the Tradition of Remembering Souls on the Other Side

Editor’s Note: This commentary is adapted from Rabbi Raphael’s April 1, 2015 article in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. On Yom Kippur, it is traditional to recite Yizkor prayers in memory of deceased loved ones. The [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Try to remember that day in November…

There is, perhaps, no greater marker to the first wave of Boomers than November 22, 1963. It was out generation’s “I remember where I was when….” My parents always spoke about Pearl Harbor and when [Read more…]