Reading Song of Songs on Passover

Reading Song of Songs on Passover

There is a custom to read Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) on the Sabbath during Passover to emphasize the love between the Jewish People and God which was epitomized on Passover. At face value, there seems to be little connection between the Song of Songs, a love song...
Eager for life? Guard Your Tongue

Eager for life? Guard Your Tongue

Leviticus goes into great detail describing the disease of tzaraat and the ensuing process of purification. Though usually mistranslated as leprosy, tzaraat is, in fact, a physical affliction resulting from a spiritual malady. According to Jewish commentaries, tzaraat...
The Fast of Esther

The Fast of Esther

Jews around the world fast from sunrise to sunset on the 13th of Adar. This fast day, called the Fast of Esther, is held just before the holiday of Purim. It is considered a minor fast and is more lenient in its observance, particularly when it comes to pregnant...
A Purim Primer

A Purim Primer

WHEN: Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar. In a leap year, in which an additional month of Adar is added, Purim is celebrated in Adar Bet, the second month of Adar. Shushan Purim, the day following Purim, is the day when the holiday is celebrated in cities that...