Joyous Secrets of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is a joy! How can I say such a thing about a day that a fast day full of long and boring services? Can you keep a secret? (if you read to the end, you will find that  I am revealing 2 secrets) Yom Kippur is one of the most joyous days of the year.  It is the day we give our souls its annual bath. Think back to when you were a child and had to take … Continue reading

What is the Weekly Torah Portion (Parsha) this Week?

Last week I did not write anything on the parsha (weekly Torah portion) because the parsha was a special one for Pesach (Passover).  Perhaps I should have written about Pesach instead, for that is what the parsha was about.  I was very busy cleaning my house of chometz (leavening), and myself of ego. This is one of the traditions I learned while I was in Israel:  chometz is created by yeast eating the sugar in the grains and producing CO2, … Continue reading