Reading the Past

One of the neat things about Facebook, now that it has been around for a while and become ingrained in how we communicate, is that we have now developed a history through that particular medium. And Facebook has noted this, and has an “On This Day” feature that allows you to look back on posts from previous years on that particular day. I like to check it out for all of the good nostalgia it brings–what I was doing orRead more

Remembering Rev. Rice

A few weeks ago I was saddened to hear about the death of one of my mentors, the Rev. Charles Rice. Throughout my time in rabbinical school, I had been most interested in serving in the campus rabbinate once I finished–working for Hillel or serving as a campus chaplain. I found the time that I had spent on campus as an undergraduate to be very important to my own Jewish development. It was for me, like many who go off toRead more

Don’t Just Mark the Jewish Holidays, Mark the Jewish Intervals

This post originally ran on the Rabbis Without Borders blog. You can read the original here. The Jewish calendar is a bit interesting since we also live on Gregorian time. The fact that it is a lunar-based calendar means that every year the Hebrew dates shift vis-a-vis the “regular calendar” so that certain holidays, while they fall around that same time each year, will fall on a different date of the Gregorian calendar. Internally, the Jewish calendar is also interestingRead more

Counting Cards

In the Jewish calendar we are currently in the period of the Omer. Originally, in the Torah, the Omer is a means to mark harvests. An omer is a sheaf of barley, and we are told to count the days between the festivals of Passover and Sukkot, to count the time between harvest seasons. As we moved away from a purely agrarian society, the Omer period took on more historical meaning—it linked Passover, the festival marking the story of theRead more