Bring Jewish Learning to Life

A blog by Robert Lichtman, Chief Jewish Learning Officer

Soothe the Sting, Savor the Sweet

The honey on our Rosh Hashanah tables that quickly gets messy from all of us dipping apples, challah, or what-have-you to symbolize our wishes for a sweet New Year comes from a bee that stings.

The honey metaphor is resonant not just because of the sweet, but also because of the sting.

We …

This Choice Rests with Us

I just received a message from our friends at The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School that Cantor Shimon Vogel needs a kidney, Blood Type A+.

This reminded me that, as we near the completion of the Torah reading cycle, we will come across what may be its bottom-lin…

When Was the Last Time You Pulled an All-Nighter?

On Saturday night, June 8, hundreds of your Greater MetroWest neighbors will be
Learning
Sharing
Questioning
Teaching
Laughing
Pondering
Jewish wisdom.
Some of them will be at it all night long.

And they invite you to join them!

Saturday night June 8 is the first night of Shavuot, which co…

Jewish Values

It’s probably a bit unfair, but whenever I hear the expression “Jewish values,” my ears twitch a little. That’s because I think, for the most part, people equate “Jewish” values with ethical, Western values. There is usually little to no difference. I could cite lots of examples,…