Why Is Chanukah 8 Days?

Menorah in Harbin Museum

Chanukah 5774

Why Is Chanukah 8 Days?

One of the interesting aspects of living in Jerusalem are the constant encounters with Jewish history.

For example, one of the Light Rail stops is Shimon HaTzadik, named after one of the High Priests.

When the train pulls into that station I often have two thoughts.


How to Change a Habit

Sukkah at Israel Museum
Sukkah at Israel Museum


I was troubled during the Yom Kippur davening.

Toward the end of the amidah we beseech God, “May it be Your will that I don’t sin any more.”

I was thinking that I’m saying what I really mean, but I know that I will sin again.

I wanted a strategy to overcome sin.



Sefer Torah

We’ve just ended our annual holy day marathon.

Rosh HaShanah.

Yom Kippur.


Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah.

Three wonderful weeks. (I’ll just add, much more pleasant than the summer period that is usually referred to as The Three Weeks.)


4 Steps to a Better Pesach Seder


Pesach 5772

I know that everyone is very busy getting ready for Pesach. I want to share with you a short video (only four minutes long) on some ideas that will make your Pesach Seder a better experience for you and your guests.

If you think this is worthwhile, please share it with your friends.

Chag kasher v’sameach,


The Meal Offering of the Kohen Gadol


Parashat Tzav 5772

When the Torah writes about sacrifices, what’s the first thing you think of?

How many of you said, “A cracker”?

Let’s look at some verses that discuss the meal offering of the Kohen Gadol. It seems like it was some sort of a cracker, maybe similar to a matzah. As is usual, the translation is from Judaica Press.