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”. ...
An Eternal Cry

An Eternal Cry

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Because I have spent a lot of time walking the land of Israel, when I read Psalms I generally think about how they were composed by a young, redheaded shepherd, wandering the hills of Judea just as I have done. I often forget that David was...
A Most Unusual Circumcision Ceremony

A Most Unusual Circumcision Ceremony

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz I recently had to consult with a rabbi about a matter in Jewish law. I am not an incredible scholar with an encyclopedic knowledge of Jewish law, but like most Torah-observant Jews I have a routine that I trust. As long as nothing unusual...
Digging Our Own Wells

Digging Our Own Wells

By Rabbi Elie Mischel Abraham was the man who brought monotheism to the world.  He and Sarah taught thousands upon thousands of their fellow men and women about God.  Their tent was always open for those in need.  And he passed the most horrible of tests with flying...