Why Study Judges?

Why Study Judges?

By Rabbi Elie Mischel What is the point of studying the Book of Judges? Yes, I know this sounds heretical. But it’s a fair question! We live in a modern world that appears, at first glance, to have very little in common with the stories of the Book of Judges.  The...
Unearthing Shevat: The Month of Trees

Unearthing Shevat: The Month of Trees

By Chaim Barzel “On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month of the second year of Darius—the month of Shevat—this word of Hashem came to the prophet Zecharya son of Berechya son of Ido.” (Zechariah 1:7) This verse from Zechariah is the very first verse in the...
Sigd: A Little Known Israeli Holiday

Sigd: A Little Known Israeli Holiday

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Today, the 29th day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, is Sigd, a holiday unique to Beta Israel Ethiopian Jews. Celebrated 50 days after Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Sigd is a  Ge’ez/Amharic word meaning “prostration” or “worship”. ...