A Passover Pilgrimage

שָׁלֹושׁ פְּעָמִים בַּשָּׁנָה יֵרָאֶה כָּל זְכוּרְךָ אֶת פְּנֵי ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ בַּמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר יִבְחָר (=בבית המקדש): בְּחַג הַמַּצּוֹת וּבְחַג הַשָּׁבֻעוֹת וּבְחַג…

Going Back to Our Roots

Growing up Ashkenazi in the US there are a few things that I “knew” about Passover from home and of…

Different or Unique?

“While the Ashkenazim hold this way, the Sephardim do it like that.” Our teacher would finish her sentence and then…

My Trip to Morocco

We sometimes dismiss certain Jewish communities as being a thing of the past. We mesh them into a greater whole…

A Yemenite Hinneh

My daughter was recently married and wanted to embrace her Yemenite roots. To this end it was very important for…

It All Comes Together

Last week I had the sincere pleasure of witnessing the second annual Prime Minister’s Prize for Research on Jews of…

Our Indian Heritage

One of my favorite parts of traveling is getting to know the Jewish community in each location. Sometimes I witness…